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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

167 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

MUD has been a wonderful resource for all of our home and yard projects. I used the tool library when I was converting the lawn to garden (checked out the rototiller), and we had a great, productive first year garden. We also used the cider press to press over a hundred pounds of apples! MUD has been both a source of tools, and also great help. Every time we are getting going on project and stop by MUD they have had useful suggestions. I haven't taken any of their classes yet, but I've been impressed with the wide variety that have been held.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Mud has allowed us to complete many projects, including but not limited to gardening and home improvements.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

MUD is just one of the many reasons Missoula rocks. The garden projects are ideal, keeps my healthy and eating my vegetables.
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Client Served

Rating: 5

MUD saved us! We needed resources that were well beyond our budget. The tool library was there to lend out post hole diggers, a tamper, even a truck so we could haul heavy materials. Thank you, MUD for giving so much to the community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It is critical to have services like MUD offers in the Missoula community. The Tool Library, Truck Share and Educational Workshops all help people to empower themselves through self-reliance and knowledge.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The MUD tool library is fantastic. We wouldn't have been able to complete nearly the number of renovations around the house without it!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family has received so much support from MUD through the Tool Library which allowed us to complete numerous home projects to workshops on home gardening, composting, and building that boosted our motivation, self-confidence and made the work easy to understand. We feel MUD really contributes to the quality of our community in helping each of us do more and feel more accomplished. MUD inspires greater cooperation and involvement in our community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This was one of the most helpful organizations while I was in college at the University of Montana. Being a student, I moved around the city a lot and had very few personal belongings. MUD's tool library is a revolutionary idea that helped me with several personal projects. I also took gardening and canning classes, where I learned to process some of my home-grown food. MUD is a winner; I wish they had a branch in every town!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

MUD offers a variety of workshops with practical applications tfor developing a sustainable life style. And the Tool Workshop helps folks take on projects they otherwise couldn't for lack of the necessary tools.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I took home brewing class with MUD this past December, and learned an astounding amount of information about how to set up my own home brewing operation! For the amount of membership dues required, MUD provides a vast array of services to members, including workshops, tool access, and a truck share. I was able to utilize the truck share within days of joining to move myself and my partner to our new home in Missoula. Without this vital service, we would have had to rent a truck from a larger company for far more money. This helped us keep costs down, and convinced us that Missoula is a really great place to live. Thanks MUD!

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