Why Give to Second Chance?

Second Chance Inc. is an IRS certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Any gifts—monetary or material—are tax deductible. They’re also much appreciated, because it takes substantial revenue to operate such an extensive enterprise.

To facilitate as many meaningful “second chances” as possible, we cast our net as wide as possible. We receive limited funds from grants and private financial donations, tending to rely instead on the sale of salvaged and donated items in our store and Funded Deconstruction. This is the program that enables property owners to receive generous tax benefits by funding us to train workers to deconstruct their buildings, rather than them being demolished and disposed of in landfills. Everyone can play a role!

Second Chance not only provides several ways to give, we also offer several great reasons to give. In addition to the benefits discussed elsewhere, consider that at Second Chance….


Our leading core value is “People First.”  Far beyond the benefits of reclaimed materials, Second Chance is committed to helping hard-working people reclaim self-worth and self-reliance through creating jobs and training people to successfully fill them with us and beyond. These “green collar jobs” are family-supporting, career-track, trade-level employment in environmentally-friendly fields.


From internal practices to external operations, Second Chance is firmly committed to the preservation and protection of the natural environment. “Sustainability” is much more than an industry buzzword to us. Our deconstruction unit is contributing to one of the rising stars of the Green Economy. We bring new life to reclaimed materials and keep tons of valuable products and demolition waste out of area landfills, where they eventually harm the regional and global ecology. 


Second Chance’s workforce development effort is not complete until our trainees become our employees. We’re pleased to offer warehouse, retail, deconstruction crew, and supervisor positions to all our graduates. Opportunity creates opportunity, and so we’re equally delighted to eventually release these skilled and experienced workers to pursue rewarding careers in other venues.


Thousands of historic structures are demolished every year.  Each time a home or building is destroyed, the community tragically loses part of its past. Second Chance captures this architectural history through careful deconstruction and strategic inbound donations. Our store enables you to preserve this heritage in your own personal environment. One visit to our retail outlet will confirm that there are many vintage products and unique artifacts that should never be buried in a landfill or burned by an incinerators.

Explore the rest of our donation pages to help advance the Second Chance mission!

“Thank you so much for helping us donate to Second Chance. You made it SO EASY! You rock!”

— Carolyn