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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

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hands-on demonstration center--an excellent resource for lifelong learning. A great diversity of programs in sustainable living and self-sufficiency. MUD's outreach is an integral part of the Missoula community.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Everyone needs an organization like MUD in their community. I applaud their work with the public school system and the support they provide the Missoula community.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MUD is a great, sustainable, developmental organization aimed at empowering the communities disadvantaged by the ambivalence of economic policies even before Hurricane Katrina made landfall. It is efforts like this, that not only strive to heal a community in-need, but promote a long-term sustainable solution to previously existing socio-economic disparities, that will make and impact on this region.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I keep returning to MUD because it embodies what is most compelling about grassroots community-based change. At MUD, you, as an individual, have the capacity to make a significant difference: a) in the success of the organization's programs, b) in the impact MUD has in the Missoula community, and c) in your own life. Volunteering for MUD is always an opportunity for personal skill development and even professional development.

The environment in which work is accomplished at MUD is one of collaborative decision-making. Members of the organization serve on key committees, informing decisions in a critical way. MUD's relationships with community partners are deliberately cultivated to ensure the local non-profit community is maximizing its potential to serve Missoulians.

And fundamentally, the work done every day at MUD is motivated by the conviction that sharing knowledge and resources about sustainable life skills from one neighbor to the next will result in a significant positive impact on the resilience and long-term sustainability of our community. It is possible to live a meaningful sustainability-oriented lifestyle IN AN URBAN ENVIRONMENT without lots of gadgets and expense.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

When I first moved to Missoula, the MUD Project was one of the first organizations I got involved with. I had a garden plot in the Northside Community Garden, and ultimately joined the board of directors. MUD's mission really spoke to me, and I found myself trying to practice in my own backyard and my own home the things that MUD demonstrated could be done to live a little more lightly. From the Garden Party to the Tool Library, MUD has always been about sharing and building community. It's a fabulous organization.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MUD is a phenomenal organization, what more can I say. The services that MUD offers to the Missoula valley are so beneficial to the whole community. From the kids enrolled in the Youth Education Program (YEP for short) to their grandparents who attend the workshops on gardening, seed saving, or sewing, MUD offers education and support for the community.

I first became a member of MUD to use the tool library. I was stunned when I saw the number and assortment of tools that they have available. They even have two trucks that are available as part of the Truck Share Program. I could not believe it. I was all of a sudden shocked that this type of organization was not in every town. Not only does MUD have a plethora of tools, their tool librarian's have to know how to operate, maintain, and give helpful tips on how to use their tools effectively and safely.

Several months later I joined the Board of Directors. As an Energy Auditor and Home Performance Consultant I worked with the Site committee to develop a redevelopment plan. I was so pleased to work with so many talented and diligent people.

Unfortunately, my stay on the Board of Directors was short lived. I took a job in Pennsylvania and have missed MUD every day since. I now live in a town that doesn't have a tool library or Truck Share and realize how useful it was. Times were, I had access to everything from lathes, table saws, and chisels to chippers, pole pruners, and chain saws. I love you dearly MUD. I will always remember the good time I had with my friends at MUD!

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

I like that MUD has been around for this long. Want it to do more and renew itself into a greater and more active organization that provides more community education services. I'd like to see more of the interesting classes offered. Thank you.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MUD has been teaching urban dwellers (adults to school children) how to live more lightly on the planet for decades. They provide workshops, a loaning tool library, demo projects (conservation remodeling, grow your own food, how to fix it, etc etc). They also provide school programs and organize an annual Earth Day celebration for Missoula. MUD is a major factor in why Missoula has been able to shrink it's eco-footprint.

And they accomplish a lot with very little -- so an investment in them is well 'leveraged'. They have lots of great volunteers who are used effectively. My students learn a lot when they volunteer with MUD. A great choice

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MUD is a wonderful gift to Missoula. It has worked closely with the neighbothood, the local businesses and the city to promote and develop the concepts of sustainability, food security, environmental sensitivity and the strength of people to help themselves. For several years I have been priveledged to work with the Board on refining the Mission and Vision of MUD, and to develop the 5 year action plan. It is exciting to work with energetic, dedicated Board members who are committed to the well-being of their community.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When the dust settles on this era, urban organizations in the early 21st century focused on regional self-reliance and energy and resource conservation will be looked upon as the most important. These are the people that get it. MUD is 30 years old now. It was and remains ahead of its time. A true leader in its field, setting the example. Living the dream. Helping each other. Inspiring others.

Review from Guidestar