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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

Volunteer

Rating: 4

MUD does great things for the Missoula community and the surrounding areas. I am constantly impressed by the dedication of the members of the board, volunteers, and everyone involved with the project. Keep up the great work! I love the sustainable environment message they are working so hard to promote.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for mud and have a great time! The folks are dedicated to making the city of Missoula a more sustainable place.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I intern for mud, and it is a great program. I work on a project that works to educate students about the restoration and preservation of native plants.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MUD has been a leader in guiding many Missoula folks to practice a sustainable life style. This group offers many workshops and demonstrations that help others actually learn how to start their own gardens, store local food, use shared tools, build greenhouses and straw-bale walls, compost, build gray water systems, recycle, and the list goes on!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MUD is indespensible for helping neighborhoods make lasting improvements to parks. My experience is with Triangle Park off Mount. That dandy little park would not have been possible with willing volunteeers and support from MUD.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are wonderful! MUD Makes it great to live in Missoula

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have followed this organization for years, and they have proven to be an invaluable addition and contributer to Missoula's upward growth and knowledge base for simple home repairs, community reinvigoration, and spreading hope and inspiration from person to person. Anyone who values community investment would do well to check them out and attend some of their seminars and classes.
One of my favorite classes taught us how to construct a lettuce planter box using old glass doors, to help protect the seedlings from the unpredictable spring weather.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ive worked with MUD on class projects which has lead to further involvement and participation in their programs. The truck share is awesome and the classes offered are practical and guide people on the path of living sustainably.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MUD has great workshops. Cheesemaking is one of my favorites!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love MUD as a community resource for Missoula and a model for similar work around the world!