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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

101 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 4

MUD does great things for the Missoula community and the surrounding areas. I am constantly impressed by the dedication of the members of the board, volunteers, and everyone involved with the project. Keep up the great work! I love the sustainable environment message they are working so hard to promote.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for mud and have a great time! The folks are dedicated to making the city of Missoula a more sustainable place.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I intern for mud, and it is a great program. I work on a project that works to educate students about the restoration and preservation of native plants.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MUD has been a leader in guiding many Missoula folks to practice a sustainable life style. This group offers many workshops and demonstrations that help others actually learn how to start their own gardens, store local food, use shared tools, build greenhouses and straw-bale walls, compost, build gray water systems, recycle, and the list goes on!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MUD is indespensible for helping neighborhoods make lasting improvements to parks. My experience is with Triangle Park off Mount. That dandy little park would not have been possible with willing volunteeers and support from MUD.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are wonderful! MUD Makes it great to live in Missoula

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have followed this organization for years, and they have proven to be an invaluable addition and contributer to Missoula's upward growth and knowledge base for simple home repairs, community reinvigoration, and spreading hope and inspiration from person to person. Anyone who values community investment would do well to check them out and attend some of their seminars and classes.
One of my favorite classes taught us how to construct a lettuce planter box using old glass doors, to help protect the seedlings from the unpredictable spring weather.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ive worked with MUD on class projects which has lead to further involvement and participation in their programs. The truck share is awesome and the classes offered are practical and guide people on the path of living sustainably.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MUD has great workshops. Cheesemaking is one of my favorites!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love MUD as a community resource for Missoula and a model for similar work around the world!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I used to work for MUD in the late 90s and have always loved the organization for its innovative and resourceful approach to teaching people about sustainable urban living and providing people with valuable resources to support their low-impact lifestyles.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MUD does great stuff on their northside site. I've been involved for years helping with gardening, workshops, etc. there. MUD fills a critical niche in the Missoula nonprofit scene by providing this free place to learn about solar panels, strawbales, etc.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm glad MUD helps coordinate the annual Earth Day event at Caras park downtown. It's been going for a few years now and there is no bigger celebration in the state.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MUD is great organization driven to make our local community more resilient and sustainable through a wide range of resources and programs operated by MUD

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

MUD is a great place to get to know the community-- you get your hands dirty, and you really feel as if you're making a contribution. It is both surprising and comforting to run into people around the city and find that you have MUD in common... and it may be the only thing. The Board, the director, the volunteers, everyone is committed and believes in what MUD does. This contagious attitude then spreads and affects the entire town. I know I have been touched by MUD, and I only hope others will, too.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MUD is a wonderful organization that provides Missoulians with the tools to live a more sustainable existence. Keep up the good work with your workshops, event, tool library, etc.

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ZooCity

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Two words: Tool Library

Of all the excellent and pertinent educational and outreach programs MUD offers to engage the Missoula community the tool library alone makes the MUD project an eminently fundable and essential organization. Empowering homeowners to be self-sufficient is a major step toward stabilizing a tumultuous real estate market and we would do well as a community to ensure that MUD has access to the funding it needs to expand these services outside the Northside neighborhood.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an awesome expression of hope and determination to make a difference in urban gardening, caring for the earth, and being good neighbors.

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Gary D.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The Missoula Urban Demonstration (MUD) project has been an integral part of the Missoula alternative life-style movement for many years now. So long that 'alternative' has become 'mainstream'. MUD sponsors workshops from organic gardening to tying knots, from solar water heaters to garden/orchard fencing. It has done much to encourage 'green' living through its workshops and demonstration projects. MUD is truly an organization that makes Missoula special.

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Volunteer

Rating: 3

I have volunteered with MUD and helped with the Coffee 2 Compost program along with assisting in the planning of the annual Earth Day celebration. I am also a member and client, having utilized the truck share program and the tool library. Randall in the office is tremendous and the staff in general does everything they can to help the organization succeed. Its teh only site in Missoula that is an active demonstration site for sustainable living practices and their classes help the community incorporate those practices into their own lives.

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