During NPC17 in New York, many APA members had the chance to help individuals in need while furthering their education.
The donated NPC17 Metro card Brian received will help him get to his new job until he receives his first paycheck. Photo courtesy The Hope Program.
Throughout the conference, attendees were invited to donate partially used and unused Metro fare cards at designated drop boxes in the Javits Conference Center. Each conference attendee received one Metro card with their registration materials.
The fare card collection is the focus of the NeXT Stop Project, a not-for-profit group that provides access to public transportation to low-income individuals in New York. The group collects unused and partially used Metro fare cards, combines them into full fare cards and donates them to distribution partners — organizations that serve low-income individuals who may have difficulty getting to that “Next Stop” in life, such as a job interview or medical appointment.
The partnering organizations support a range of underserved groups, including adults with mental illness, seniors, the homeless, LGBT youth, and women recovering from abusive relationships.
APA members’ contributions paid off for Brian (pictured) who is working with the not-for-profit group The Hope Program, one of the NeXT Stop’s partnering organizations. The Metro card he received will help him get to his new job until he receives his first paycheck.