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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

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 4

MUD is an extraordinary nonprofit, offering community members practical and immediately applicable tools to live and work together in a more sustainable way. Their Tool Library has helped me through many-a-DIY-project over the past two years, and I always look forward to their workshops, which range from DIY floor tiling, to learning how to eat and cook locally, to learning how to make beauty products from your own garden plants. I look forward to MUD's 30th anniversary this year and all that they have planned to involve more of the community, like potentially relocating and expanding the Tool Library and adding to their Youth Education Programs.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

MUD not only educates our youth the rest of our city on ways to improve our stewardship of the planet and minimizing our footprint, it offers practical hands-on support, such as the tool library and gardening courses. Additionally, MUD connects neighbors, so that we can help each other out. MUD has a great and powerful presence in the Missoula community. They are an investment in our future.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

Having MUD in town is like having a clever uncle who lets you use his tool shed and shows you how to do cool stuff that you never trusted yourself to do...like raise chickens and tile your bathroom.

Each time the list of things to fix in my house grows large enough, I mosey-on-over to the tool library and help myself to an assortment of gadgets that will make quick work of the task at hand. It is a free service for members, and the cost of membership is on par with a mid-range garden hose. It has saved me a huge chunk of money that probably would've otherwise been spent on underused personal tools.

I am a proud member, and love the service it provides to the community.

Review from Guidestar

Matt S.

Donor

Rating: 4

MUD is one of the more innovative and unique non-profits I've ever encountered. They've carved out a great niche as a model for how to make owning a home more affordable by sharing tools, providing affordable classes, and providing actual demonstration projects.

Review from Guidestar