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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

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Stellar effort that galvanizes folks to really WANT to contribute, each to their own capacity. Great job to all - MUD Rocks !

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Donor

Rating: 5

MUD is a fantastic community resource and model nonprofit. I especially LOVE the tool library.

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Donor

Rating: 5

MUD is an early pioneer in building community sustainability.
They do a lot with a little money and many volunteers.
They inspire young people and give them hope, also practical skills, community service habit, and do it yourself attitude.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I first got to know MUD by visiting the demonstration site in 2002-2003 with the University of Montana Wilderness and Civilization Program. MUD was immediately welcoming and intriguing - and still is

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Donor

Rating: 4

I have benefited greatly from living about six blocks from MUD and the Tool Library. As a first time home owner, the proximity of such a resource means I borrow a lawn-mower, drill, or circular saw, etc. and learn about ways to use them to spruce up the place and add sustainable features. The organization is trying to raise money for a move to a more central location, which will be sad to lose in the neighborhood. Still, the idea makes sense for sustainability reasons - more people will be able to travel shorter distances to get there. I will be happy if more people can share this resource that has its head in the right direction.

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Donor

Rating: 5

MUD has been a flash point for integrated, holistic, sustainable urban living. The tool lending library, although it's there as a resource, also, at its heart, decreases overconsumption simply because people are sharing the items - no matter how simple (screwdrivers) or complex. The workshops (I do wish they were held more often on a recurring basis) promote community (connecting with over like-minded folk) and sustainability. But more than anything, the integrated approach and philosophy of MUD is key to the future of healthy communities.

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Donor

Rating: 5

MUD. Getting people into the dirt about life and how to be personally resourceful and making the most of life. A great resource making our community stronger.

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Donor

Rating: 4

I have known about MUD since I moved to Missoula eleven years ago. It has a long history of serving the Northside neighborhood and the greater Missoula community. In general the organization models sustainable urban living while increasing the capacity of individuals and the community to decrease their environmental footprint. In the process it draws people together socially in the process.

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Donor

Rating: 4

MUD's mission of pursuing and promoting sustainable living in an urban environment is inspiring. The organization serves to connect people, spawn ideas, and offer tools (literal and figurative) to move towards an existence that is more fulfilling and responsible.

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Jeanette R.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love MUD! Its the only NP that I know of that serves an important niche of showing "urban" folks how to live sustainably. I also enjoy their community gatherings and all the tools you can rent with a membership. Go MUD!

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