League shop being remodeled

The Marietta Welfare League’s gift shop at Marietta Memorial Hospital closed last month, and the facility will reopen next year in a new location with a whole new look. But the league still plans to announce thousands of dollars in grant funding that will be distributed to a host of community organizations in January 2014.

“We closed the shop Sept. 30 as that first floor area of the hospital is being completely renovated. They’re moving us just around the corner near the first floor elevators, where we’ll have a new large-scale shop with a beautiful new design,” said Amy Elliott, past president of the Marietta Welfare League.

She said the new shop design will include windows on three sides and indoor/outdoor seating with a view of the hospital courtyard. New furniture, counter space, and Wi Fi accessibility will also be included. It’s expected to open in late spring or early summer.

Located at the hospital since 1957, the league’s gift and coffee shop generates funding that is annually given away to organizations such as the O’Neill Center, Tri-County Food Pantry, Washington County Women’s Home, Washington County Habitat for Humanity and many others.

The Marietta Welfare League distributed $26,070.42 in grant funding to 21 Washington County organizations in January of this year.

Current league president Jane Crumrine said although the gift shop is now closed there will be enough proceeds to provide another round of grant funding at the beginning of next year, even after start-up costs for the new facility are considered.

“We’re still looking at a pretty good amount,” she said. “Our gifts have sold well at the shop this year, so we’ll be entertaining all grant requests we receive. But requests have to be submitted by Oct. 31 this year.”

Elliott noted it’s important for those asking for grants to specify how the funding will be used.

“They really need to tell us who will be helped-who will be touched by the grants,” she said.

Elliott said the league wants to express its gratitude to Marietta Memorial Hospital officials for their support of the gift shop and its mission to give back to the community over the years.

“And although there will be some inconvenience while the renovations are going on, the new facility will allow us to give more back to the community,” she said.

Jennifer Offenberger, director of marketing and public relations for the Memorial Health System, said the new gift shop is just one portion of a major overhaul of the hospital’s first floor area.

“We’re renovating the entire radiology department, adding a new cath lab and lobby area and other renovations that will impact multiple areas of the first floor,” she said. “These improvements will make those areas more user-friendly as well as accommodate more technical equipment in the future.”