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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adult Education, Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, Education, Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Mission: Provide a model of urban sustainable living through education, demonstration, and celebration in the missoula community. Our most significant programs are the missoula tool library, truck share, and sustainability living workshop series and its related residency project.

Programs: Tool lending library served over 400 households this year, with close to 700 people borrowing tools for home improvement, lawn and garden care, food preservation, and more. Our library has over 2,000 tools available for our members to borrow.

educating the greater missoula community through demonstrating sustainable urban living methods with the backyard sustainability workshop series, resources library and website, and youth focused programs to expand our impact in future, urban decision makers.

residency program allows our residents to live in our community as part of aplanned living environment. M. U. D. Residents care for the community gardens, help run other programs, and contribute time as volunteers leading tours of demonstration projects on our sites. In exchange, m. U. D. Residents receive low rents for their efforts. This program allows city residents to explore using sustainable living techniques so they can live with less impact throughout their lives, especially when they move on in the future.

truck share program reduces large vehicle trips on our community by allowing our members to borrow a truck for large hauling tasks, like moving, gardening, waste removal, and other projects. M. U. D. Members can then purchase smaller vehicles, or use sustainable transportation methods for everyday use, and reserve the trucks for a few times a year they need a larger vehicle.

Community Stories

588 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MUD brings to my community what no other can. The expertise and professionalism which is available through MUD is incomparable to any other.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MUD is the most humble of charities. I'll bet a dollar will go farther with MUD than just about any group you can come up with. We have led the solar installation workshop on site, been a member, done small presentations and donated a truck. Every town should have a group like this to set a great example to youth and allow students to live a sustainable life 24/7. MUD competes for donors with many other eco-minded organizations and has shown itself to be a survivor. That is a testament to MUD's true adherence to sustainability. From worms to tools to compost and manure, MUD gets it right!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We recycled a old house in Missoula. We ended up getting ripped off by the company we hired who claimed to be recyclers. The bank gave us a dead line and we had no money to finish but had joined the people at mud. We needed to sand floors, finish the landscaping, finish plumbing, puddy the windows,put up 2x4 walls,tape walls, paint,build a porch. Then our only vehicle was hit while stopped at a stop light on Broadway. We cryed. Then we took out the list MUD had and started to see what they had. We got the power washer first and washed down the house and couldn't get the washer back because our friend truck wasnt home so we called and they had another couple who needed it and lived near by,So they arrange for them to pick up at our house.
We pick up all sort of power tools to finish the walls 2x4-sheet rock-
mudding and the works and they looked thing up for us on how to do
things like framing, mudding nailing, orange peel. Some times we showed up when they where not open and they helped us anyway.
We also used the truck share to haul 2x4s, cement mixer, sheetrock
and trees people dug up or wanted to get rid of for our yard. We ended up meeting the dead line the bank gave us for our first house
we have ever owned. We thought we were going to lose the house, the houseing market crashed and I lost my job and my husband job was looking like they were going to cut hours for them and we had
used our saving to do this not wanting to rent anymore. They had ever thing we needed and still do.

Lona

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

MUD has helped Missoula become a leader in urban sustainability. It's an important and cherished part of MIssoula's character. Missoula would not be the same without it, and more importantly, the MUD model could be applied to other towns, big and small.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 4

I think MUD provides an invaluable community service. Our family has utilized several services offered by MUD. We have accessed the apple press from the tool library on several occassions to make cider with our apples. My husband has attended several of the workshops offered by MUD as well. I highly recommend this organization to everyone in my community.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 4

MUD! My next door neighbor and hardworking partner in sustainable living for several years. The honest efforts of Missoula Urban Demonstration are a testament to the hard work of non-profits. Through the collective efforts of dedicated staff and volunteers, MUD has grown from a simple city seed company to a vital community resource for cooperative urban living. It is a delight to watch them evolve. I sincerely support their efforts as a Missoulian, neighbor and friend.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 4

The tool library and its employees and volunteers helped me make improvements on my home I wouldn't otherwise have been able to afford.

Review from Guidestar

Lagan T.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Missoula Urban Demonstration Project (MUD) is a great benefit to the Missoula community. I have attended two workshops provided by MUD: one taught basics of saving seeds relative to gardening/farming, the other taught basic blacksmithing skills. Both workshops were taught by very knowledgeable and qualified instructors, and were provided to me, a member, at a very affordable fee. I would highly recommend participating in learning experiences offered by MUD, and advocate for supporting the organization with membership or donations. MUD also provides an excellent tool library and affordable pickup truck share program.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MUD is a phenomenal resource for members of Missoula community. All in all, this is a very cool place staffed by great people.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wonderful place for the Missoula community to utilize. Everything from the tool library to the truck share. MUD creates a beautiful neighborhood with their chickens and gardens. Full of good hearted people Missoula is lucky to have MUD.

Review from Guidestar