We're moving!

Did you know that we've been operating out of shared, donated office space in our founder's home for more than 12 years? Soon, we'll be moving into a shared workspace with some of our nonprofit colleagues and partners, so that we can serve more people in need in our community and be more accessible to clients, volunteers, donors, and others.

We need everything, including your help! Please donate now so that we can purchase the furniture, hardware, software, and support to get off to a great start in our new office. Our "office-warming" campaign starts now:

New donation location

We're thrilled to announce our newest outdoor donation bin location in East Somerville! Details and directions »

This is the kind of community partnership we love - Teresa from East Somerville Main Streets worked with us to find a location, Steve from Architectural Openings welcomed us to his East Somerville business, and Niles and Mitch from Gentle Giant Moving Company moved our bin pro bono! Thank you to our wonderful colleagues and partners. We are so grateful to you all.

Architectural Openings, East Somerville

East Somerville Main Streets

Gentle Giant Moving Company

Eileen Fisher Earth Day event

We had so much fun on Earth Day at Eileen Fisher Chestnut Hill! Thank you to the great team at the store for hosting a shopping and clothing recycling event to benefit Second Chances for the second year in a row.

Eileen Fisher Chestnut Hill

Customers enjoyed the Fisher Found* pop-up store, discounts for recycling their Eileen Fisher clothing, and delicious pastries from Quebrada Bakery. And Second Chances received some wonderful donations of Eileen Fisher clothing as well as 10% of the day's sales revenue. Thanks to everyone who joined us to support people in need in our community!

* Learn more about Fisher Found, Eileen Fisher's line of reused, renewed clothing at

2017 clothing drive results

  • Abcam - 235 pounds
  • American Apparel - 61 pounds
  • Avalon, North Point - 1,723 pounds
  • Commercial Cleaning Service - coming soon!
  • Cornerstone Research - 22 bags
  • Dun & Bradstreet - 506 pounds
  • Eileen Fisher, Chestnut Hill - 178 pounds
  • Gentle Giant Moving Company - coming soon!
  • Gibson Sotheby's International Realty - 1,208 pounds
  • Google, Cambridge - 562 pounds
  • Harvard Business School - 356 pounds
  • Harvard Graduate Commons - 47 pounds
  • Kaplan International - 36 bags
  • Kendall Square Cinema - 63 pounds so far
  • Matignon High School - 961 pounds
  • Northeastern University Trash2Treasure - 1,018 pounds in January and 5,373 pounds in May
  • OMR Architects - 7 large bags
  • Rockland Trust - 236 pounds
  • The Satanic Temple, Boston Chapter - 12 large bags and more
  • Showa Boston Institute for Language and Culture - 3,890 pounds
  • Sufi Service Committee and Noor Oriental Rugs - 2,819 pounds
  • Temple Isaiah's Mitzvah Day - more than 45 large bags!
  • TJ Maxx, Somerville - 157 pounds
  • Triumvirate Environmental - 130 pounds

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 »

News from Second Chances

2017 newsletters: Earth Day, April, March, and February. Sign up here to receive occasional e-newsletters and event invitations in your inbox.

2016 newsletter archive: early December, Giving Tuesday, Giving Thanks, early November, late September, early September, July, June, mid-May, May, February

Community reports: Spring 2016 (pdf), Fall 2014 (pdf), and Spring 2012 (pdf). Special thanks to Mary Todd (graphic design 2016 and 2014), Fiona Crimmins (writing 2016, editing 2016 and 2014), and Jackie Cefola (graphic design 2012).

Other coverage

We're beyond grateful to our colleagues at Vinfen for discussing the impact of the clothing we provide for their clients in their October 2016 newsletter and on their blog! »"

Many thanks to our wonderful community partners at Somerville Homeless Coalition for featuring our collaboration to provide free clothing to their homeless and very low-income clients in their fall 2016 newsletter! Read more on page 2 »

Congratulations to Scout Somerville on publishing its 40th issue in July/August 2016! Thank you for featuring our founder and CEO among 40 local leaders who are shaping Somerville's future. Read more on their page 45 »

We loved seeing this May/June 2016 article featuring our work in Spare Change News »

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 »

Loved this spring 2014 article on Upward Facing Somerville in the Somerville Beat! Read more »

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 10th Anniversary Celebration

On May 6, 2015, nearly 200
Second Chances supporters celebrated 10 years of providing free clothing, shoes, accessories, and gift cards to neighbors in need. Here's our Founder, Andrea Shapiro, with Cashmere sponsor and dad, Alan Shapiro, and event planner Jennessa Durrani of Celebrate, lighting the candles on the anniversary cake donated by Whole Foods Market in Somerville.

Second Chanced Recycled Fashion Show

Lise Stahl Brown of Bay State College presents the winner of the Recycled Fashion Challenge at our 10th anniversary celebration.