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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

Client Served

Rating: 4

Love the tool library. It makes so much sense to borrow tools that I rarely need, especially the lawn mower, because I don't have a good place to store one, and I can never keep them in good working order.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

MUD is a great local resource. The organization is an important part of the effort to create a sustainable future for Missoula.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have supported MUD for some years mostly because I believe that a sustainable planet begins with sustainable communities and MUD works for that end. Also, I am a believer in teaching people to grow their own food not only supports and empowers them, it creates a community that is less dependent on systems of handouts. Lastly they do a great job of collaborating with other organizations whose missions are likewise directed at building community, one family at a time.
Wayne Chamberlain, President
Missoula Food Bank
Board of Directors

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 4

My wife and I have used MUD's cider press in the fall to make some delicious apple cider from apples that would otherwise have gone to waste. We found the staff at MUD helpful and the atmosphere friendly and inviting. I always get new ideas to use around the home from my visits to MUD. MUD is a great resourse for the community.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

As someone trying to make it on a lower income in Missoula, MUD has been invaluable. My partner and I started going to MUD to use the tool the library. We checked out drills, bits, saws, sanders... anything we needed while trying to make a lasting place for ourselves in our apartment and thereby in Missoula. Without MUD our walls would be bare, the furniture we found on the cheap or for free would be less functional.

I know it doesn't sound like much, but having access to those tools means real things. We can make ourselves a home; a place we feel comfortable in that we belong to. Going back and forth to MUD we met other people, people with good advice about putting up a hanging mirror or where to go fix your bike. We got to feed the chickens and pull a few choice items from the garden, or just have a place to rest a while and chat with other folks before biking home.

Knowing there's an organization like MUD means there's people in this town looking out for each other, trying to make a common and collected go of it. I've felt more at home, more a part, of Missoula than most places I've lived because of that quality. You see it in MUD, the organization embodies community. It houses it, gives it a center.

Review from Guidestar

Cindy O.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I am placing myself amongst the clients served category because this organization has tapped the academic community as well. In the past I worked with MUD as a student working on a community project. Our student group was provided an opportunity not only to learn but to complete actual hands-on service. This is invaluable in the concept of community learning, sustainability and the learning realm of social work students!

Client Served

Rating: 4

MUD's tool library has proved to be indispensable for me a home owner with limited income. I have borrowed circular soars and garden tools , all of which have been we maintained by MUD volunteers and staff. I have also been impressed by the range of workshops that offer throughout the year and will sure to take in one about worm bins this year. (Everyone needs a worm bin, you know). In addition , just visiting the MUD site , provides a wealth of ideas of new garden plants , herbs, etc..

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 4

I've known about MUD for years and always appreciated the niche they've carved out to make Missoula a better place to live. MUD offers tons of information relevant to homeowners and "urban" agriculturalists, but my primary use of their services comes from the tool library. They have everything I need for small home building projects, and they offer great advice on using the tools. Particularly, I like being able to get tools from them that I would only use once or twice a year - or just once. Even if I could afford these tools, my purchase of them would be wasteful. Sharing these tools is a responsible use of resources, encourages community engagement, and reduces the storage space that every home owner seems to need for endless supplies of rarely used tools. Go MUD!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 4

We were devoted members of the tool library for many years - we remodeled a kitchen, landscaped our yard, tiled our mud room all with tools from MUD. We moved away to Helena for a few years but are recently back and look forward to rediscovering all MUD has to offer. MUD is a wonderful resource for this community.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

The "Tool Library" supported by MUD has saved me soooo much money and gotten me out of a ton of binds! Having access to all the tools that I don't own myself is a lifesaver!

Review from Guidestar