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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

255 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We recycled a old house in Missoula. We ended up getting ripped off by the company we hired who claimed to be recyclers. The bank gave us a dead line and we had no money to finish but had joined the people at mud. We needed to sand floors, finish the landscaping, finish plumbing, puddy the windows,put up 2x4 walls,tape walls, paint,build a porch. Then our only vehicle was hit while stopped at a stop light on Broadway. We cryed. Then we took out the list MUD had and started to see what they had. We got the power washer first and washed down the house and couldn't get the washer back because our friend truck wasnt home so we called and they had another couple who needed it and lived near by,So they arrange for them to pick up at our house.
We pick up all sort of power tools to finish the walls 2x4-sheet rock-
mudding and the works and they looked thing up for us on how to do
things like framing, mudding nailing, orange peel. Some times we showed up when they where not open and they helped us anyway.
We also used the truck share to haul 2x4s, cement mixer, sheetrock
and trees people dug up or wanted to get rid of for our yard. We ended up meeting the dead line the bank gave us for our first house
we have ever owned. We thought we were going to lose the house, the houseing market crashed and I lost my job and my husband job was looking like they were going to cut hours for them and we had
used our saving to do this not wanting to rent anymore. They had ever thing we needed and still do.

Lona

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MUD is a phenomenal resource for members of Missoula community. All in all, this is a very cool place staffed by great people.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wonderful place for the Missoula community to utilize. Everything from the tool library to the truck share. MUD creates a beautiful neighborhood with their chickens and gardens. Full of good hearted people Missoula is lucky to have MUD.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MUD provides valuable clinics on a wide range of interesting topics such as how to raise chickens and composting. They also have a tool check out system that can help many people save money and is a valuable resource for the community.

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John B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MUD is great. It is the kind of experimental non-profit that every quasi-urban area should have. They house one of my friends in their sustainable urban living program, and provide great resources to make urban living even greener.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MUD is wonderful! It's a great source for so many and offers a variety of avenues to get the community involved on a really important issues that affect us all every day. It's an opportunity to meet neighbors, work with vast populations on community wide issues, as well as to learn new skills and resources within people all around you.

It makes the community stronger through its community focus and esteemed presence in the Missoula community.

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Brandon A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

i love the tool library that MUD has created. they have so many diffrent tools that are available at no to little cost. They always would work with me if i did not return the tools back on time. they also have a truck share that i love and have used many times. it is affordable and a great service.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I support MUD's overall mission for encourage people to live sustainably. I know that the organization does fantastic work.

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Michael D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MUD should be considered a contender for this award because it is a pioneer in the field of sustainability, with a long history of innovation and outreach, to offer especially appropriate services and education to the community which it nurtures. The truck share and tool library programs are outstanding examples of ideas that allow us all to live more lightly on the planet, and within our means in trying times. The planned renovation and upgrade of the Phillips Street properties will be stellar models of accessible means to reduce our resource demands and provide a setting for a rich life in community.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MUD provides an important service to the Missoula community. I have been a big user of the tool library which has allowed me to tackle many home improvement projects that would have otherwise been out of my reach.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

MUD is great!
I've used the truck share program to haul many loads of tree trimmings to EkoCompost.
I just attended a workshop on American Mud and can't wait to try the trowel techniques on my walls.
The tool library is amazingly well- stocked with odd tools designed for a specific job- the shingle shovel was a great time saver on my house roofing project.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The Jeannette Rankin Peace Center has been proud to share many events and initiatives with MUD over the years we have both been part of Missoula. It's a great resource for empowering local people to take local action and make the world a bit more sustainable.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

M.U.D. has been a valuable part of this community for years now. I have been a class participant, a member, and a grateful tool borrower. The tools in the library helped me to refinish my home's bathroom and have inspired my many gardening projects!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I love the apple press from the tool library. Making apple cider is so much fun with this great press! It is a perfect activity for a beautiful fall day. I only wish it was available more often.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter, whom I adopted three years ago, had many emotional and behaviorial issues. Amazingly, what has helped her the most has been working with her hands, and gardening. Organizations such as MUD really helped her (and me, too), understand the importance of getting your hands dirty, choosing the proper tools, designing a living space for green things, and then--drumroll please--WAITING to see how it works out. There are always surprises, and MUD teachers are available for coaching. I was born and raised in a city and my garden was a windowbox--my daughter has a larger garden, but a clueless Mom. Together with organizations like MUD, we're planting a better world, and improving ourselves in the process!
THANKS, MUD! "May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand."
--Wendy Leibowitz
Washington, D.C.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a member for several years. As an older gardener I really appreciate being able to pick up tools to use rather than buy them. Last year I bought a truck share and was able to pick up llama manure for my garden. Really liked having the truck share. MUD is an invaluable non profit to our community. My one problem is that I don't utilize my membership enough.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When we purchased our first home MUD was invaluable, not only by loaning us tools, but by providing us with the information and guidance we needed to take on home projects we might have never had the confidence to pursue. Over the years we've also received valuable advice about gardening, food preservation, weatherproofing, and other sustainability measures during our visits to MUD. More than any other local organization, MUD has made us feel part of a strong, forward-looking community.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

AMazin organization. If you have the power or means to help please do

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

MUD is a great organization that really gets on the ground for sustainability and building social ties among Missoula's citizens. It is the model of what a community-building group should be.

They could really use some more resources, and this award would be a big help.

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Alexandra B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MUD is an integral part of the effort to create a sustainable future for Missoula. This organizations hard work and collaboration with the community has greatly increased public awareness regarding issues of the urban environment.

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