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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

101 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MUD is awesome. I can't wait for the chicken 101 workshop coming up soon. Keep up the good work. Thanks.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MUDD IS THE BEST!!! I borrow all my tools from them to complete projects around my house. I saved enough money to cover the cost of joining in one week! My house projects are better informed and more sustainable thanks to MUDD's educational classes and fantastic staff. They are an incredible and unique community service and should be celebrated as a model for assistance in sustainable urban living. Thank you MUDD!!! I Hope you WIN!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

MUD is a great organization with a terrific mission. IT does a great amount on a little budget and is an integral part of making Missoula a sustainable community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been bragging about the M.U.D. Project ever since I became personally involved as a volunteer presentor. The Project is a shining example of a grass roots effort to increase self-reliance and community-wide cooperation from agriculture to zoology. For two years I was a volunteer who presented a cheese making workshop, both of which were well attended by young and old, the curious and the experts. It was all about enriching our knowledge and improving our skills. Volunteers with the Project were eager and proved their capabilities in planning and seeing things through. I feel that Missoula's community continues to benefit on many levels, from the library, tools, and expert aid or advice.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

When I moved to Missoula, I had no experience with growing my own food and no real appreciation for sustainability. MUD, through its many programs that have evolved over the years, has helped me understand that we can all help one another to become better citizens of, and on, the land.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MUD is an amazing idea. Promoting a do-it-your-self attitude is a powerful way to help people become more confident and independent. Aside from helping people save money MUD also educates people to help them selves. I volunteered for MUD last winter and it was a wonderful place to spend my time. The folks that run MUD are really dedicated and have great visions for the future. Missoula wouldn't be Missoula with out MUD,

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with MUD through the tool library. I've never lived anywhere with a program like this. To be able to borrow tools instead of owning them saves me money, brings me closer to others in my community, and helps me do projects around my house and garden that I otherwise couldn't afford.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

volunteered for many MUD workshops and attended the MUD mingles. Also worked as a volunteer. Really enjoyed what MUD had to offer and used the tool library often. Overall a great organization and an important part of the Missoula community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MUD rocks! This organization serves so many people in a positive way. Now that I live in California, I am constantly wishing we had MUD Tool Library in my town.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I am relatively new to Missoula, returning after being away many years. It was great to see MUD not only still in operation, but flourishing! MUD has great community support. There are a variety of ways to become involved in this project. I am enjoying getting to know the program better and volunteering where I can.

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