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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

June 9, 2017

Safe Ride program receives funding support from Walmart

Northwest Missouri State University’s Safe Ride Home program has received a boost in support from Walmart, which recently awarded a grant worth $1,800 to support the program.

University Police Chief Clarence Green said the program is appreciative of Walmart’s support, noting Safe Ride transported 2,599 students to the Maryville location between August 2016 and May.

“Safe Ride Home has had a tremendous impact in providing safe and efficient transportation assistance to our students,” Green said. “As we continue to experience shortfalls in funding and work to keep our campus affordable, these types of partnerships will allow us to sustain our program.”

Safe Ride Home is a shuttle bus service that provides safe and timely transportation service within the city limits of Maryville. The service, in coordination with Northwest’s University Police Department, is offered for students, by students.

It provides transportation to retail locations throughout the week as well as a late night taxi service to assist students who find themselves in situations that may be unsafe.

Since its inception in 2004, Safe Ride has significantly reduced the number of harmful driving situations, including driving while intoxicated, in the community by 65 percent.

For more information about Safe Ride Home and its operations, visit

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468