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 more than 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.

This year, Second Chances is celebrating 10 years of supporting new beginnings for homeless and lower income people in our community. We've got lots going on - small things and big things - and hope you'll be a part of all of it. Things to look forward to: new website, once-in-a-decade event in May, Margaritas Medford after-work gathering in June, and more. Stay tuned here for details!

Winter clothing donation alert!

Because of the series of recent storms, some of our donation bins are snowed in. Please be patient while our hosts clear away the snow on their properties, and do not leave your donations outside of the bins. If the location you prefer to use isn't accessible, our donation bin at Whole Foods Market, River Street is in the garage and it's accessible during the store's regular hours.

2014-2015 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 for Second Chances? Looking for a volunteer activity for your group? Get involved »

In the news

You can get our 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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