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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

167 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I received my first canning lessons from MUD more than 12 years ago, learned about composting and growing my own veggies. I continue to be inspired by all they offer our community and have continued to evolve to meet community needs (tool library, etc).

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have had many many projects around our house, as most of us do. We see the benefit in a cooperative sharing of tools, rather than cluttering up the earth with new stuff people buy at stores and that sits around collecting dust with lack of use. We were consistently delighted with the selection of tools in the share shed and the availability and knowledge of workers that helped us organize and prepare for our home projects. We have been clients for a few years now and each year find new resources, topics of interest and learn more awesome things about Missoula Urban Demonstration Project. Our community LOVES this sort of service, we thrive off it. It helps everyone save money, keep money in our local community, creates sharing networks that we all evolve from and serves as continuing education campus as well. Couldnt ask for more- MUDD rocks!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

MUD is a wonderful community resource. They provide a wonderful educational program and provide many tools to help us live a more sustainable life. The people involved are very passionate, informed and approachable. I love MUD!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you MUD for always having a lawn mower, tool and friendly advice to help us fix and maintain our home!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

Great fun learning to grow things in my raised beds.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

We've used MUD over the years for tools we otherwise would have had to buy - big expensive things like saws. Thank goodness for the tool library. And I'm so happy to hear they're moving in conjunction with Home Resource. What a great pair they will be together.

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Jennifer O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family loves MUD- we have been a member for the past three years and we utilize this organization for their tools and classes offered. They help us to make Missoula more of a sustainable community!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When I needed a circular saw for a home project, the MUD tool library had it. I didn't need to rent one or buy one. Good for me, good for the planet!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

MUD is a great and unique resource for Missoulians. It's a great concept and they really put it into practice, which is most important!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

MUD is a wonderful community resource, with a long history of bringing together volunteers to lead sustainable lifestyles in Missoula. The tool library and practical workshops they offer help me live more lightly on the planet.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

MUD is a fantastic nonprofit organization in Missoula. It offers classes, provides tools to use for projects, and organizes a number of events in the community, Its goal to live more sustainably and ecofriendly is a good reminder to me to do the same. The staff is very knowledgable and helpful. Thank you, MUD!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

MUD peole are great! They are really sincere in their desire to live sustainably. Triangle Park has improved the neighborhood and is a remarkably achievement in an often politcally fractious town.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

When I first moved to Missoula 12 years ago, I was told about MUD and all that it does for the community and gardens and helping with tools. Well I was amazed by the knowledge and willingness to help. I learned about gardening in Zone 4 & 5. I was loaned tools to help my home projects. During a recent tour ... I liked the brick design they have in the yard, learned the how to and am now duplicating it in my yard ... with recycled brick. Thanks to all the staff and volunteers at MUD, you continue to help and inspire. PS ... one of these days I hope to get to a family and garden celebration.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

MUD is an incredible resource! I helped in the creation of Triangle Park in Missoula, the conversion of abandoned asphalt to green space, and MUD helped at so many steps along the way. The use of their truck and tools was especially valuable.

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Noah B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

MUD is an amazing place and a wonderful resource. I have the good fortune of living only a couple of blocks from their demonstration site. Their tool library is wonderful and I have been able to do everything from make fresh apple cider to till a new garden to remodel a room in the house with their resources.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are incredibly fortunate to have this unique resource in Missoula. I have learned how to garden, how to prune trees, and this year I could enroll in Backyard Chickens 101, a great addition, since Missoulians are now permitted to raise six chickens in their backyards--and it's not as easy as we city people might think. Gardening, food preservation, and chicken raising classes contribute significantly to efforts to reduce dependence on food that is hauled clear across the country. Another particularly valuable resource is MUD's Truck Share program. I am a pedestrian/cyclist and seldom need a vehicle. When there is a need, Truck Share enables me to haul home project-related items, take yard waste to the local composting company, EkoCompost. or to free my garage of all that glass I've been saving to the recently established glass recycling collection point. The founders of this organization were way ahead of their time, and I'm grateful to the people whose labors have kept it going all these years.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

MUD rocks! I have been involved with MUD in a number of different roles - member, Volunteer coordinator, events planner, general volunteer. I have had countless positive experiences when going to MUD. I think that this organization plays an important role in our community and has been teaching sustainable living for 25 years! Its incredible how they have been able to adapt through out the years while keeping consistent in their values. Way to go MUD!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

MUD's tool lending Library is top notch -- and so are the volunteers who sign the tools out, with top notch advice on how to safely use them!
Liz

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Client Served

Rating: 3

MUD has great tools and a unique business that serves the greater good of the community. I love the tool library and all of the things that I can't afford to own!

Client Served

Rating: 4

They have so many great things to offer to the community! I used their cider press to make juice out of apples I harvested in the Rattlesnake. If the apples are left on the tree bears come into the neighborhood and get into trouble. Cider making in an incentive to be a part of this other volunteer organization, everyone wins with MUD.