Community impact: connecting Ashley’s children to education one Uber ride at a time

February 2, 2018 / Montana

Homelessness is one of our region’s biggest challenges. Mary’s Place started in 1999 as a single day center helping displaced women find stability in emergency situations. Since then, the organization has expanded its reach to 9 shelters, providing beds for 680 family members a night. By giving guests the resources they need to succeed, Mary’s Place empowers women, children, and families like Ashley and her kids to focus on reclaiming their lives.

As a mother of 3, Ashley faces significant hurdles daily to ensure her children’s lives are minimally disrupted. That means that despite their circumstances, school the next day needs to be routine and easy to get to. That’s where Uber comes in.  

Helping families

As a partner of the Uber Community Impact Initiative, Mary’s Place uses donated rides from Uber to give its guests access to opportunity through transportation. Whether it’s going to the doctor, attending a job interview, or picking up kids from school, convenient and reliable transportation can transform lives.

“Without Uber, [my children] would be taking a long bus ride to get to school. It would be much harder to get them there on time.” – Ashley, Mary’s Place guest

Making an impact

Understanding a complex problem like homelessness requires a thoughtful, compassionate approach. Mary’s Place creates positive change for the communities it serves and we’re honored to partner with such an impactful organization.

“This gift of transportation reduces barriers, brings hope, and empowers families to reclaim their lives.” – Marty Hartman, Mary’s Place Executive Director

In 2018, the Uber NW Community Impact Initiative has donated over $600,000 in financial assistance and rides to 45+ nonprofits across the region. For more information, visit