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We're hiring!

Second Chances is hiring its first Program Coordinator this year - a terrific part-time position with growth opportunities. Would you or someone you know like to play a key role in helping others achieve their goals? Learn more and please share the position with great candidates! (downloadable PDF) »

Thank you!

We're grateful to several recent donors for supporting neighbors in need and building community with Second Chances.

We're deeply grateful to Bay State Federal Charitable Foundation, Cambridge Savings Charitable Foundation, Cambridge Trust, and Webster Bank for financial support this summer and fall.

Clothing donations are very important to our work, but it's not possible to match the best clothing to those who need it without financial support as well. Thanks to everyone who's supported our work financially, especially our leadership and business sponsors.

Thank you also to Bombas, Converse, and City Year Boston for major donations of new clothing this fall. Bombas recently donated 1,000 pairs of new, packaged socks for men and women. Socks are one of the most frequently requested items from our clients, and 1,000 pairs will go a long way! Converse recently donated more than 40 boxes of stylish new sneakers and warm clothing for our clients. They've been a generous partner for several years now, and our clients are always thrilled with the clothing and sneakers they receive from these donations. City Year Boston just donated an assortment of new jeans and shoes that they no longer need, and I know exactly where they'll be well-used and appreciated!

And finally, a major thank you to Gentle Giant Moving Company for moving our donation bins several times this year. We'd be lost without the talented and community-minded folks at Gentle Giant! Since we placed our first clothing donation bins in the community, more than a decade ago, they've worked with us on some of the most challenging and entertaining moves you can imagine. And every single mover we've worked with has been skilled, smart, kind, and service-oriented. Our current donation locations are listed here, as well as appreciation for our current and past hosts.

Learn more about opportunities for organizational sponsorship and visibility here (PDF).

We've moved!

Did you know that we operated out of shared, donated office space in our founder's home for more than 12 years? In late 2017, we moved into a shared nonprofit office space in Union Square, Somerville, and couldn't be happier!

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.

2018 clothing drive results

  • Cambridge Park Apartments - 1,194 pounds
  • City Year Boston - 105 pounds
  • Corderman & Company - 452 pounds
  • Gibson Sotheby's International Realty, Cambridge - 438 pounds
  • Harvard Business School - 156 pounds
  • Hillman Homes - 370 pounds
  • Kendall Square Cinema - 65 pounds
  • Lincoln Property Company and One Van de Graaf Drive tenants - 496 pounds and more soon!
  • Matignon High School - 407 pounds
  • Montaje, Somerville - 694 pounds in May and 1,628 pounds in October
  • Mudflat Pottery School - results soon
  • OM1 - 210 pounds
  • Showa Institute, Boston - 2,006 pounds
  • Sufi Service Committee - 3,163 pounds this year
  • Temple Isaiah, Lexington - 1,282 pounds
  • Triumvirate Environmental - 179 pounds
  • Westin Seaport - 374 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

2018 newsletters: Fall, June, and February. Sign up here to receive occasional e-newsletters and event invitations in your inbox.

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

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 »

It was an honor to be included among some other terrific organizations in this Boston Mom's Guide blog post in September 2018 as well »

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.