What We Do

When you donate clothing to Second Chances, it is reused and recycled to support local people in need instead of ending up in landfill or being shipped overseas.

Is your closet overflowing? You have clothes that no longer fit, accessories that you never use, shoes that would look great on someone else. You wish that someone could put these things to good use. But how do you get the clothes to the people who need them?

It’s not so easy to do it yourself. Local organizations that serve homeless and lower-income people are short on storage space and staff time. They’d like your donations, but sorting through them and giving the right clothes in the right sizes to the right people can be just too much.

At Second Chances, we have the resources to collect, sort, and store apparel. Then we provide local homelessness, emergency assistance, and anti-poverty organizations with the clothing their clients need, when they need it.

How does Second Chances work?

Clothing donated to Second Chances benefits members of our own community. Here’s how:

Some of your donated clothing goes directly to local organizations for their clients. What we’re not able to use is sold wholesale so that Second Chances can purchase other supplies, like new socks and underwear, and support our program. Some donations are recycled to create things like car mats, carpet, and futon stuffing. Each year we provide free, empowering, clothing, shoes, accessories, and gift cards to hundreds of women, men, and children in our community while reusing and recycling more than 300,000 pounds of clothing, shoes, accessories, and textiles annually.