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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: 4

MUD was a great resource to me as I planted my garden a couple years ago. Being able to have access to tools without buying them and having people to ask questions made my job much easier.

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Bob R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I joined the Missoula Urban Demonstration Project last summer and continue to be happy member. Personally, I found the tool library very helpful for work on a back yard that very much needed work. More important, I fully support the admirable aims of MUD. Especially in these hard economic times, an organization where people can pool resources and work outside the commercial marketplace is essential.
Bob Rosen

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Love MUD! I have used the Tool Library many times, it is great to be able to do my home projects without having to buy expensive tools that I'll only use once or twice. Have not personally used the Truck Share program yet, but have friends who have and it is also a fabulous idea, as is the DIY project info/ instruction that MUD provides.
Every city should have this type of program!

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Dave W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

MUD is an exceptional organization that fills an important role in the Missoula community. Providing access to tools and the truck share is an important service for our community and enhances the sustainability of our community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

MUD is a great resource for Missoula. I borrow tools for odd jobs from the MUD Tool Library all the time and was given instructions on building a rain barrel. Great people - keepin' it real.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We love MUD. They provide amazing services for Missoula citizens. Our favorite tool we rent from them every year is their apple press. We collect apples with friends and family and get together every year for a giant apple cider party. It has been such a great fall activity for us. Thank you for all of your services!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Absolutely love MUD. Has been a shining star among the over-abundance of nonprofits in Missoula. Always happily donate and support MUD, I always feel any donations to MUD come back many fold to myself and my community.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

MUD has provided affordable gardening tools for our community garden plot for the past few years, making our garden more affordable given that we live in a small apartment with no storage space.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I love MUD - they create community with everything they do. In particular, I am a regular user of their tool library. With MUD's help, I've created our entire vegetable garden, from roto-tilling the soil to building the deer-proof fencing. Thank you MUD!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I really appreciate the tool library.
I built our chicken coop entirely from tools borrowed from the tool library, and membership cost less then it would to buy any one of the tools necessary to build the coop!

I like the idea that membership dues are based on the level of income of the member.

Also, about ten years ago, I worked in the schools and used MUD activity boxes with the kids with topics such as recycling and composting.
The kids really benefitted from the hands-on experiences and were able to take home the lessons learned to benefit their families.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

MUD is a wonderful resource to Missoula. From the tool library, to the hands-on and timely workshops to the demonstration projects. Always worth a stop to get some new ideas, especially for the yard/garden.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a single mom who lives in an old house with a BIG yard and fruit trees. I rely on the MUD tool library for all types of equipment to make repairs and take care of my yard and vegetable garden. They always have good advice as well. I would love it if the tool library was open more hours each week. I also love the variety of classes they hold. We are so lucky to have MUD.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have personally benefitted from M.U.D in a number of ways through the years. I first began gardening 15 years ago at a community garden plot run by M.U.D and have since then created numerous gardens of my own with the help of tools and resources available through M.U.D. The tool library is such a great way to get D.I.Y projects done without spending a fortune, we could never have built our chicken coop without it. What a great help and inspiration for living close to the earth...right in town.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

MUD is an invaluable resource for the residents of Missoula. The tool library is a great way to be able to do those DIY projects without having to break the bank just getting the tools to do the job!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I used to live in Missoula just a few blocks away from MUD, and regularly visited them to use the tool library, get great gardening tips, see the chickens or just hang out in the garden. As a semi-transient college student, MUD made it easier for me to live a more sustainable lifestyle by providing access to tools and other resources for good living.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

MUD is one of the organizations that makes Missoula, and especially the Northside, a nice place to be. Their programs truly help people's daily lives become more sustainable and they bring that message to the larger community of Missoula as well through their outreach efforts. They are a fun organization to partner with and they throw some pretty good parties, too. :)

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I live a couple blocks from MUD and love the work they do for our improving neighborhood as well as our community as a whole. From their demonstrations to the tools they rent and provide, they've got the best ideas for making our homes and lives more sustainable. It makes me feel good to know they exist and to use their resources.

Alex W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

MUD is a important part of the Northside. growing up going to the gardens was an amazing part of childhood, I learned about gardening in an fun and interesting place.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

MUD is synonomous with the Northside. I love the communtiy gardens, workshops, childrens programs, tool library. Best of luck in the contest - you rock!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Great Resource. Connecting with people today, that were apart of it 25 years ago. Nice to see how it has grown over the years to service the Community!

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