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 2,700 lower income and homeless people in Cambridge and Somerville and recycled or reused nearly 860,000 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.

2015 was an amazing year - thank you

In 2015 we recycled and reused just over 152,500 pounds of clothing, shoes, and accessories - our biggest year yet!

The best of your donated clothing went to hundreds of lower income and homeless people in our community as they pursued better health, housing, job training, and more; some helped us to purchase gift cards so that other people in need could shop for their own clothing; some was sold wholesale to support our ongoing work; and what was unusable got recycled as car mats, carpets, industrial wipers, paper, and a variety of post-consumer uses.

THANK YOU for your generous donations of clothing and funding to support people in need! We have more great things planned for 2016 because of you. Stay tuned here or sign up for our e-newsletter in the box on the right for details.

New year, new bins!

Thanks to hundreds of generous donors and friends, we've finally got 10 new clothing donation bins! With more, better looking bins in more locations, we'll be able to reach more people in need, recycle and reuse more clothing, and help even more people in need in our community with second chances!

There's still time to support our efforts to paint and place our new clothing donation bins by donating to our 10th anniversary campaign below. Meanwhile, the bins look a little plain, but we're thrilled that they're clean and dry inside.

Thank you to everyone who has already supported this project, especially Gentle Giant Moving Company for moving our new donation bins.

Support our 10th anniversary campaign by donating here:

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.

#PartyOfTheDecade
What a wonderful night! THANK YOU to everyone who celebrated with us in person or in spirit!
Updates, videos, and photos »
Donate to our 10th anniversary fund »

The celebration continues all year long. Details above on upcoming events!

2015-2016 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 early December, 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 Boston.com 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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