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.

Public clothing drive in November!

This month you can donate clothing at nine East Cambridge Savings Bank branches in Arlington, Belmont, Cambridge, Medford, Somerville, and Waltham. Details and directions »
Or, donate any time at our other locations »

We're excited about Giving Tuesday in Somerville

What's Giving Tuesday? After Black Friday and Tech Monday, Giving Tuesday is an opportunity for people to focus on giving to nonprofit organizations around the world. Here in Somerville, Second Chances and 14 other local agencies are using this day to collaborate and tell our stories. We hope you'll tune in!

In our community, Giving Tuesday Somerville will be the 21st Century version of a telethon hosted on SCATV, with Jimmy Tingle as emcee. An exciting program of live entertainment, expert panel discussions, public service announcements, and local celebrities will help us to collectively raise $50,000 to support the nonprofit community in Somerville.

Giving Tuesday Somerville takes place on Tuesday, December 2, 2014. The telethon will take place live from 6 to 9 p.m. on SCATV and online giving can happen all day long. Details »
Facebook event »

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.

  • Boston University School of Management - 337 pounds »
  • Fairmont Hotel, Battery Wharf - 408 pounds
  • Gentle Giant Moving Company - 183 pounds in April »
  • Harvard Business School - Green Team - 284 pounds
  • Hillman Homes - 336 pounds »
  • Holiday Cleaners, Somerville - 192 pounds
  • Kendall Square Cinema - 105 pounds
  • Millennium/Takeda - Cambridge - 636 pounds in December 2013/January 2014 »
  • The NonProfit Center, Boston - 1,292 pounds »
  • North End Waterfront Health and Beauty Alliance - 346 pounds
  • People's United Bank, Central Square, Cambridge - results soon!
  • Showa Boston - 1,848 pounds
  • Sungard - 951 pounds »
  • Triumvirate Environmental - 279 pounds this year
  • West End Apartments - 6,782 pounds »
  • Whole Foods Market, Fresh Pond team members - 59 pounds »

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