Second Chances provides free clothing to hundreds of homeless and lower income people in our community each year so that they can create brighter futures for themselves and their loved ones.

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 over 550,000 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.

Earth Day is April 22nd

Looking for a great Earth Day activity for your work team, school group, congregation, or family this April? How about a clothing drive to support Second Chances? Check out our tips, resources and more, and help us plan ahead if you think you'll collect enough for a pick up. More information »

Check out our April e-newsletter for two Earth Day giveaways!

Boston: Earth Day Clothing Drive - all of April!

Donate clothing from April 1st to 30th at The NonProfit Center, Boston (near South Station). Details »

SOMERVILLE: Exciting news!

Guess where our newest donation bin is located? It's at Whole Foods Market, Somerville! I am so grateful to the Whole Foods Market team - including all the local stores - for everything they do to support our communities. Go visit! Details »

THANK YOU to our great friends at Gentle Giant Moving Company and to the whole team at Whole Foods Market, Somerville for making this possible.

And, extra thanks to Delaney Uniform Service for providing storage for our donation bin while we found a Somerville location. Not to worry, there is still a bin at Delaney Uniform Service too!

2014 clothing drive results

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

  • Boston University School of Management - 337 pounds »
  • Holiday Cleaners, Somerville - 174 pounds
  • Kendall Square Cinema - 58 pounds
  • Millennium/Takeda - Cambridge - 636 pounds »
  • Showa Boston - 1,848 pounds

In the news

You can read our 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) now! 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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Second Chances, Inc.
P.O. Box 441328
Somerville, MA 02144-1328

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