Second Chances provides free clothing to homeless and lower-income people in our community. When you work with Second Chances, or contribute your time or money, you help our neighbors take a giant step forward from where their lives are now toward a brighter future.

Our mission

Second Chances' mission is to provide clothing to people in need, inform supporters about issues affecting our community and help people connect with local organizations or issues that resonate with their values, skills and personal experiences.

Since 2005, Second Chances has provided free clothing, shoes, accessories and gift cards to more than 2,500 lower income and homeless people in Cambridge and Somerville and recycled or reused almost 700,000 pounds of clothing, shoes and accessories. Through our clothing donation program, we are helping people in need in our community, conserving natural resources, and diverting waste from our area's already overflowing landfills. Working closely with our partners, we are involving the community in helping our neighbors, connecting with other community members and preserving the environment.

Year end fundraising appeal

I hope you'll take a few minutes to read about Barbara, and help us serve more people in need!

Your donation to our year end appeal will ensure that in the next decade more people like Barbara have warm, beautiful, empowering clothing as they find the strength, courage, and self-esteem to transform their lives.


Coat drive with prizes for you

From Monday, December 1st to Thursday, December 18th, Margaritas in Medford is holding a coat drive for Second Chances with prizes for diners who donate! Every diner who donates a coat gets a scratch ticket for a chance to win prizes like dinner for two for a year, $5 off your next visit, free dinner, free appetizers, and more. The Medford Margaritas is located at The Shops at Station Landing, 75 Station Landing, Medford, MA 02155. Directions »

Or, donate any time at our other locations »

Giving Tuesday Somerville was so much fun

The Giving Tuesday Somerville telethon was a lot of fun. We enjoyed working with the terrific team at SCATV, 3 Graces Productions, our Somerville nonprofit colleagues, and panelists, performers, and volunteers.

Here are our new YouTube videos, filmed and edited by the terrific SCATV staff. Visit our YouTube playlist here »

And here's me with emcee and generous, talented, funny guy Jimmy Tingle.

More about #GivingTuesdaySomerville:

10th anniversary celebration - update

Thank you to everyone who liked and shared Just Jennessa's Facebook page! With your help and Jennessa's generosity, we won about 38 hours of donated event planning time. Can't wait to see you at our 10th anniversary celebration in the spring!

2014 clothing drive results

Thank you to everyone who has coordinated and participated in a clothing drive! We are grateful for your help and enthusiasm.

Want to host a clothing drive for Second Chances? Looking for a volunteer activity for your group? Get involved »

In the news

Our Fall 2014 Community Report is online (pdf) now! Special thanks to volunteers Mary Todd (graphic design) and Fiona Crimmins (editing).

You can get our early December, #GivingTuesday, late November, November, September, April, March, and January 2014 e-newsletters online here. And, sign up here to receive occasional e-newsletters and event invitations in your inbox.

Loved this spring 2014 article on Upward Facing Somerville in the Somerville Beat!
Read more »

Our 2013 e-newsletters are archived here: December, mid-November, early November, September, August, April, March and January 2013.

We're so grateful for coverage by Kara Baskin in her Boston.com blog during the 2012 holiday giving season! Read about Second Chances and some other great local nonprofits here »

Thanks to the Somerville Patch for writing about Second Chances' work in the community! Read more here »

Get our Spring 2012 Community Report online (pdf). It takes a little while to download, but it's worth the wait. Special thanks to long-time friend and supporter, Jackie Cefola, for volunteering her graphic design skills to produce this!

Our Founder and CEO, Andrea Shapiro, was featured in Smith College's Winter 2010-11 Alumnae Quarterly. Read more here »

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More about our accomplishments »

Second Chances, Inc.
P.O. Box 441328
Somerville, MA 02144-1328

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