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 free 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 2,600 lower income and homeless people in Cambridge and Somerville and recycled or reused nearly 800,000 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.

West Newton clothing drive

Thanks to Hillman Homes for sponsoring a clothing drive for Second Chances in Newton from November 16 to 30, 2015! Details »

Somerville clothing drive

We're grateful to Mudflat Studio for hosting a clothing drive for Second Chances in Somerville from November 16 to 30, 2015! Details »

Giving Tuesday Somerville: Give Local 2015

This year, we've joined together with 13 other amazing Somerville nonprofits to build awareness and excitement about the Somerville nonprofit community and local philanthropy. Learn more and donate to all of the participating nonprofits at The Giving Common, look for the #GivingTuesdaySomerville tag on social media, and join us for a community celebration on December 1st! Details »

Second Chances Celebrating 10 Years
This year we're celebrating a decade of supporting new beginnings for homeless and lower income people in our community! Help us build and grow for our second decade of service to people in need.

What a wonderful night! THANK YOU to everyone who celebrated with us in person or in spirit!
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The celebration continues all year long. Details above on upcoming events!

Will you join our 10th anniversary campaign?

Help us purchase and place 10 new donation bins so we can serve even more people in need in our community! Support our 10th anniversary campaign by donating here:

2015 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? Here's how »

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

In the news

You can get our November, October, August, Summer, Party of the Decade, late April, Earth Day, Party of the Decade invitation, April, March, February, and January 2015 e-newsletters online. And, sign up here to receive occasional e-newsletters and event invitations in your inbox.

Thanks to Boston Mamas for including us in a terrific January 2015 blog post about helping kids and families in need in our community! There's some great information and wonderful organizations here »

Our 2014 e-newsletters are archived here: early December, #GivingTuesday, late November, November, September, April, March, and January 2014.

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

Loved this spring 2014 article on Upward Facing Somerville in the Somerville Beat!
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We appreciate Kara Baskin's blog from 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). 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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