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Fall 2019 Community Report

Our latest community report is online now and in print if you're on our mailing list! Get it online here (pdf) and sign up for our mailing list here »

Celebrating 15 years

Next year we'll celebrate 15 years of working with our community to empower positive change. Stay tuned for details here, on social media, and sign up for our mailing list here »

Seeking clothing drive hosts

We're so grateful to everyone who has hosted a clothing drive for Second Chances! Want to host a clothing drive? Get more information here »

2019 clothing drive results

  • Abcam - 328 pounds
  • Cambridge Trust - 152 pounds
  • Concord Carlisle High School Student Senate - thank you!
  • East Cambridge Savings Bank and PARK(ing) Day - 3,152 pounds
  • Gibson Sotheby's International Realty, Cambridge - 1,771 pounds
  • Hillman Homes - 1,071 pounds in the spring and 473 pounds in the fall
  • Lincoln Property Company - 918 pounds
  • Lyn Evans - 389 pounds
  • Mudflat Studio - results soon!
  • Rockland Trust, Davis Square - 800 pounds
  • Stinky's Kittens and Doggies Too - thank you!
  • Sufi Service Committee - 3,199 pounds
  • Temple Isaiah - 2,434 pounds
  • Triumvirate Environmental - 158
  • Westin, Boston Seaport - 139 pounds
  • Windsor Communities, Cambridge - 1,189 pounds

Thank you to everyone who has coordinated and participated in a clothing drive! We are grateful for your help and enthusiasm.

News archives

2019 newsletters: early December, late November, early November, October, mid-September, early September, early June, May, April, March, February. Sign up here to receive occasional e-newsletters and event invitations in your inbox.

2018 newsletters: early December, November, early Fall, June, and February.

2017 newsletter archive: early December, Giving Tuesday, late September, September, Earth Day, April, March, and February.

Community reports: Fall 2019 (pdf), 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

What a surprise to be included in Rockland Trust's 2018 Annual Report! That's our CEO, Andrea, receiving a grant check from JJ, the Davis Square Branch Manager. Photo on page 7 »

It was an honor to be featured in Tufts Now in November 2018 during the kick off for Tufts University's employee charitable giving appeal.

Thanks to the Boston Globe for including us in a discussion of curbside textile recycling and its impact on local clothing donation programs in September 2018 »

Second Chances was included among some other terrific organizations in this Boston Mom's Guide blog post in September 2018 »

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.