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 over 600,000 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.

Moving? Donating?

We're grateful for your donations of clothing, shoes, and accessories this time of year! When you donate, please do not leave donations or trash outside of our clothing donation bins. If your bag or box will not fit through the opening, empty the contents into the bin and take the container with you. If the bin seems full, push your donation to the left or right once you get it through the slot. If it still won't fit, please take it with you. We want to maintain our good relationships with the people who generously host our donation bins and the people we serve depend on that. Locations and more tips on donating »

Back-to-school time

As you're planning your fall clothing shopping or getting ready to go back to school, please take a few minutes to clean out your closets and drawers and donate what you've outgrown or won't use so that people in our community - fast-growing kids, style-conscious teens, and adults heading to job training programs - can also look and feel their best as they head off to new opportunities. A great new outfit makes a huge difference, and so does your help! Thank you.

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 »
  • Harvard Business School - Green Team - 284 pounds
  • Holiday Cleaners, Somerville - 192 pounds
  • Kendall Square Cinema - 105 pounds
  • Millennium/Takeda - Cambridge - 636 pounds »
  • The NonProfit Center, Boston - 1,292 pounds »
  • Showa Boston - 1,848 pounds
  • Sungard - 951 pounds »
  • Triumvirate Environmental - 129 pounds
  • West End Apartments - 6,782 pounds »
  • Whole Foods Market, Fresh Pond team members - 59 pounds »

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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 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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