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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

167 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Brian C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

MUD is a great, uniquely Missoula organization. They have helped me with tools/equipment to make countless home repairs as well as apple cider, and plant my garden every year. They are an invaluable service to the average "underfunded" Missoulian homeowner.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

MUD is a really fantastic organisation. They have been active in the Missoula community long enough to become a local institution, and from personal experience, their tool library is a one-of-a-kind asset for low and medium income home owners. Thanks, MUD!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

The tool library is an incredible resource for the neighborhood. It has saved us hundreds of dollars in tools. We have been able to increase the value of our historic house (1906!) and by default the value of our neighborhood because of MUD. Thanks!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

This place is awesome! I have borrowed many great tools from the tool library and have also borrowed the truck! I think it is a great way to promote sustainable living. I mean, we don't all need a grass seed spreader, right? Sharing is awesome!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 4

I joined MUD over a year ago and just rejoined at the end of 2010. MUD's annual Garden Party was the very first event that I went to after moving to Missoula in the fall of 2009. What an extraordinary community of DIY gardeners, carpenters, artists, and best of all, neighbors.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 4

As a new homeowner, I find the Tool library incredibly useful!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Mud is a very helpful resource to our community. I have personally been a member of the MUD Tool Library for a few years, & without it I know our home would be falling apart. I've borrowed lawn mowers, painting tools, plastering tools, saws, and so much more to help maintain, repair, &
weatherize our home. We could never have afforded to purchase all of these tools, but our membership fees allowed us to be able to share them through MUD. The staff is always friendly, & I wish I had more time to attend their excellent demonstrations.

Review from Guidestar