Celebrating 15 years

Clothing connecting community

We're celebrating 15 years of working with our community to empower positive change. We've postponed in-person celebrations to protect vulnerable people in our community from COVID-19 risks, but we're still delivering free clothing, shoes, and accessories to folks, because they need our support - and yours - more than ever before.

Please consider honoring this milestone and supporting our work with generous financial contribution. You can make a secure one-time or recurring donation here »

Fall 2020 Community Report

Download our latest Community Report here (pdf) »

Seeking clothing drive hosts

We're deeply grateful to our generous clothing drive hosts below. Want to host a clothing drive? Get more information here »

2021 clothing drive results

  • Boston College Public Health Club - 669 pounds
  • Brickbottom Artists Building, Somerville - 328 pounds
  • Eagle Scout project, Framingham Troop 12 - 3,593 pounds
  • Greentown Labs - 169 pounds
  • Harvard University - Graduate Commons - 1,427 pounds
  • Kimpton Hotels - 260 pounds
  • Matignon High School - 761 pounds
  • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity at Boston University - 912 pounds
  • One First Condominium, Cambridge - 1,413 pounds

2020 clothing drive results

  • AC Hotels, Boston - 20 bags
  • Camelot Court Apartments - 717 pounds
  • Diamond Coast, Inc. - thank you!
  • Gibson Sotheby's International Realty, Cambridge - 1,140 pounds
  • Greentown Labs - 332 pounds
  • Haley & Aldrich - 15 bags
  • Triumvirate Environmental - 124 pounds
  • Vecna Robotics - 366 pounds
  • Wellesley Hills Congregational Church - 1,882 pounds
  • Windsor Communities - 1,101 pounds

Thank you to everyone who has coordinated and participated in a clothing drive - we are grateful for your generosity and enthusiasm!

Current newsletters

2021 newsletters: May, Earth Day, March. Sign up here to receive occasional e-newsletters and event invitations in your inbox.

News archives

2020 newsletters: mid-December, early December, October, September, late April, Earth Day, April, February, and January.

2019 newsletters: early December, late November, early November, October, mid-September, early September, early June, May, April, March, February.

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

Community reports: Fall 2020 (pdf), 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

It was fun to talk about recycling and reusing clothing and textiles on The Wardrobe Muse podcast with Lisa Ann Schraffa Santin of LASS Wardrobe. Listen here »

Our 2020 COVID-19 emergency response grant from Tufts University was featured in The Somerville Times »

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.