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Missoula Urban Demonstration Project

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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

588 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I love MUD! The tool library is my favorite and such an amazing asset to the community. MUD is one of the best non-profits around and is an amazing model for a healthy community!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

My wife and I joined MUD a few years back and have enjoyed our association with other members/volunteers. We are users of the tool library more than any of the other of the organization's assets and programs. We have had the good fortune to borrow a compound mitre saw, a compressed air nail gun, ladders, and several other items to perform work on our daughter's house. Aside from teaching sustainable lifestyle options, the tool library is in our opinion the most important function (including truck share for hauling the tools) MUD offers. It allows people to have access to expensive tools that may only be used once a year without having to purchase and store them.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

As a new homeowner, I find the Tool library incredibly useful!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Mud is a very helpful resource to our community. I have personally been a member of the MUD Tool Library for a few years, & without it I know our home would be falling apart. I've borrowed lawn mowers, painting tools, plastering tools, saws, and so much more to help maintain, repair, &
weatherize our home. We could never have afforded to purchase all of these tools, but our membership fees allowed us to be able to share them through MUD. The staff is always friendly, & I wish I had more time to attend their excellent demonstrations.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MUD is a fantastic resource for all Missoulians. I've worked there and taken advantage of their classes and their tool library, and it helped me obtain an education award through VISTA. I can't explain how much the organization has grown and supported Missoula all of these years- It's simply a fundamental example of how a community-centered organization should function.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MUD is a fantastic organization. Frugal, grass-roots, sustainable, and making a big impact in the community, there isn't much more one can expect from a social benefit organization. And unlike so many other orgs, MUD has stayed true to its mission and hasn't expanded just because it has been so successful. It has been devoted to its core principles for years, and offers huge value-added service to the community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MUD is one of Missoula's treasure organizations. Supporting urban sustainable living, MUD's Backyard Sustainability workshop series always introduces something new and makes the subject matter accessible to everyone! The Tool Library and Truck Share make it possible for any Missoulian to work on their home and/or garden regardless of whether they own the necessary equipment. I love Missoula Urban Demonstration Project & proud to be a member.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been on the MUD Board for almost 4 years now and it has been an amazing experience. We have built the organization to where we have a great Board, strong staff and programs (tool library, truck share, workshops, demonstration site, and youth education). MUD celebrates 30 years in Missoula in 2011. I'm so proud to be a part of its rich history in this community.

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