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Community Report 2017

Hear about what we've been up to - get our Summer/Fall 2017 (pdf) Community Report online now!

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, and you can 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.

2017 clothing drive results

  • Abcam - 235 pounds
  • American Apparel - 61 pounds
  • Avalon, North Point - 1,803 pounds
  • Cornerstone Research - 22 bags
  • Dun & Bradstreet - 506 pounds
  • Eileen Fisher, Chestnut Hill - 178 pounds
  • Gentle Giant Moving Company - 185 pounds
  • Gibson Sotheby's International Realty - 1,208 pounds
  • Google, Cambridge - 562 pounds
  • Harvard Business School - 356 pounds
  • Harvard Graduate Commons - 47 pounds
  • Isobar - 156 pounds from the Boston office and details soon from Lexington
  • 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 - 4,674 pounds
  • The Somerville Community Growing Center - 1,049 pounds
  • Sufi Service Committee and Noor Oriental Rugs - 2,819 pounds
  • Temple Isaiah's Mitzvah Day - more than 45 large bags!
  • Temple Isaiah - coming soon!
  • TJ Maxx, Somerville - 157 pounds
  • Triumvirate Environmental - 130 pounds
  • Westin, Boston - 64 pounds so far

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: Late-September, September, 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: Summer/Fall 2017 (pdf), Spring 2016 (pdf), Fall 2014 (pdf), and Spring 2012 (pdf). Special thanks to our volunteers: Jill Davidson (writing and editing 2017), 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.