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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adult Education, Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, Education, Environment

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

101 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Kip B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MUD is a great resource for Missoula residents. If only every town had more MUD in their back yards.

Review from Guidestar

Jack R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with MUD for more than 11 years. First as a very sporadic volunteer, then a Board member for 4 years, back to a sporadic volunteer, and now as a dedicated Tool Library user. MUD has been many things during its lifespan. It will never be a traditional success nor approach perfection, yet it continues to sustain, adapt, and inspire. Thus it has achieved a paradoxical manner of success and perfection I deeply admire.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have worked with MUD as a volunteer in the past. I was very poor and needed bedding plants for my garden. MUD gave me the opportunity to work in exchange for the plants I needed. Way to help community members support healthy lifestyles. The tool library is also and excellent resource for our community.

One of the best things about MUD is its longevity. MUD has been advocating sustainability in Missoula since the 70's as I understand the history. Good job!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered a day to distribute organic fertilizer to the public. It was quite an interesting asssortment of takers filing through in old pick-ups and new Volvo's. Everybody appreciated the product, though shoveling it was tough. The experience was good opportunity to help out the community with a valuable natural product. Manure happens!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MUD is a great organization who is always teaching me new was to be a better member of my Missoula Community.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MUD adds meaning to city life in a way no other endeavor does. It helps make Missoula Missoula!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

MUD has been a great resource to Missoula. Personally, to know there is a place I can go to share tools and avoid adding to the multiplication of resources is invaluable to me. I have also gained new techniques from how to build a straw bale structure to composting to outdoor pathways by volunteering there and through their many workshops. They also throw some of the best garden parties in town!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Missoula Urban Demonstration Project has grown and evolved over the years. It's always finding new ways to give Missoulians new information and opportunities to live well and live simply.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've learned a lot since I became a member with MUD. This organization gives Missoulians the tools they need to live a more sustainable lifestyle. I have given my time to help teach girl scouts about recycling by making paper mache with them. I have also spent a lot of time in the native garden, weeding and redoing the landscape so kids can come through and learn about native plants.
MUD is a genuine organization filled with amazing people who volunteer their time to make Missoula a better place.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Tool Library and Truck Share programs are a way to help me make my home more sustainable and to help your non-contactor home owner access tools to complete projects. The social events to get people together to work on and do demonstartions of proctical and useful ideas to make "green living" do-able on a budget. MUD has also become the Cornerstone partner in the annual Earth Day Festival w. the University of Montana and other organizations.

Review from Guidestar