Frequently Asked Questions

How are MetroCards distributed and to whom?

NeXT Stop donates MetroCards to its Partners – outreach organizations such as soup kitchens, vocational placement programs, and homeless shelters – and they distribute to their clients based on need. Our strongest partner relationship is with Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, the largest of its kind in NYC and second largest in the USA. NeXT Stop works with its Partners to ensure MetroCards are distributed appropriately.

How do I make a donation to NeXT Stop?

Donate online here. Alternatively, mail MetroCards or a check payable to ‘NeXT Stop Project’ and send to:
NeXT Stop Project
120 West 97th, #3b
New York, NY 10025

Where are the donations going?

100% of your donations go to MetroCard purchases and collection – NeXT Stop team members are volunteers with no salaries and board members fund our administrative costs.

How will NeXT Stop collect insufficient cards?

The most efficient method is to place collection boxes in subway stations but the MTA refuses to allow it. We are targeting NYC stores, hotels, and museums for dropbox locations. Check out our Locations page. More coming soon!

How many people really need this?

A lot. More than 20% of NYC lives under the poverty line and 45% are dangerously close. The unemployment rate is stubbornly high. More than 50,000 people sleep in NYC homeless shelters every night.

I want to help but can’t donate money – what can I do?

You can help spread awareness, collect MetroCards, find outreach organizations to partner with, fundraise, enlist political support…and so many other ways! Contact us to join the effort.

Is this just for New York City?

Yes. NeXT Stop is starting with NYC to focus its efforts but this is just the first stop. Transportation is a need everywhere.