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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

Was just made aware of this fantastic project. As is the case always, we can do for others once in a while but to have lasting effects, it is best to teach others to do for themselves...

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became a member less than 6 months ago, and since then have utilized my membership numerous times. I have used the tool library mostly and it has helped me tremendously. I have small home projects as well as artistic endeavors. Their volunteers are helpful, friendly, and communicable. I received a tour of the property prior to becoming a member, and explained all that they have available. I heard about them through word of mouth, and the they have passed my expectations. I receive e.mails about news and events and enjoy my membership. I hope to become a member next year, and hope to see them continue to grow. If their tool library can continue to be open more hours, and add tools then I can continue to work on personal projects, and save help consumerism and re-use items instead of always buying new. Thanks for being there for me MUD.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a member of the faculty of the Environmental Studies program at the University of Montana, I know many of the excellent environmental NGOs in Missoula. MUD stands out as one of the most effective, grassroots, community organizations, and for 30 years has helped Missoula with practical, hands-on experience in sustainable urban living. A terrific organization with an important mission!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I moved to missoula a few years ago and discovered MUD. I signed up to have access to the tool library and was amazed at selection of tools. Since then I have been consistently impressed with the course offerings as well as their commitment to providing a tangible resource in the community for sustainable living. MUD is definitely a valuable asset to the neighborhood and the community.

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Carl Gavin Snodgrass

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I used the services here to build a table from scratch. The tool library and the staff were great; exactly what I needed. Thank you all!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

i thought i knew how to grow veges as all my life i had done so....in california. in 2005 after two summers in missoula and whopping failures, i discovered MUD. first thing i learned was how much i needed to learn. MUD helped with everything from composting tips and soil prep, to understanding the seasons here, to harvesting and storing my own seeds and even offered tools and a truck to do the job. i also took a cheese making class. i wander through the MUD site sometimes just to get inspired, taste the delicious veges, see the community working together. i feel safe that MUD has been there a long time and is growing now into more of what it is meant to be even as MUD positions itself to launch into the huge growth spurt of a complete remodel, into an even better example of urban sustainable and healthy community living.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MUD rocks... i have attended workshops and used their tool library. they provide a great service to our community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I have attended two workshops: a home improvement one on gray-water systems and a cheese-making workshop. The home improvement was thoughtful, practical and accessible thanks to the MUD volunteers and staff. I have also donated a large number of inherited tools, both power and hand. To me the tool library is the most brilliant idea! All neighborhoods should have one where people could share and not own so many things that rarely get used. They are welcoming and take the time to show you how to use the tools, as well. It's a wonderful model of community building, sharing, and resourcefulness.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Love the tool library! Also love the educational programs/workshops. Keep up the good work.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have relied on MUD for the use of thier tool library to do many home projects as we do not have the resourses to get the tools ourselves. They have an amazing selection. Additionally, they offer so much in terms of community education that is so valuable.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MUD is the type of organization that should be present in every community. It helps people who need access to resources to work on their property and keep things in good condition; it offers education to people to help them learn to live in a more sustainable way, and it builds community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been fortunate enough to be able to use mud in the form of their tool library for the past year or so. I have been so blessed by it, I just can express how much. We have used the tools to fix problems in our home that would have cost us so much more if we had to hire someone to do it. We are a family with 6 kids and could not afford to hire a repair man when we needed a new furnace. So with the help of MUD and the tool library we were able to do it for a fraction of the price. We are truly blessed to be a part of such a wonderful organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MUD is an excellent resource and provides many services for Missoula, Mt. Through their tool library I have been able to complete a multitude of projects without the high costs of buying tools. With the help of MUD I was able to build a wood fired pizza oven in my backyard and through this I have gotten to know my neighbors and community better. The classes and workshops offered at MUD are very helpful and have taught me how to live more sustainably by teaching me how to garden and compost. I always look forward to MUD employees helping me with many projects and the organization is very welcoming and interested in helping others live more sustainably.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i think it's great that MUD has a community tool shed, helping people to garden on their own to increase their self-sufficiency

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MUD is great! They help people garden, network, be more self sufficient, and become more involved in the community. The tool shed is a good example of community service, their educational classes run the gamut from growing food to building, repairing and taking care of our urban world in a thoughtful manner.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a neighbor of MUD for the past thirty years, I very much appreciate the help they have been for the neighborhood and our family. The Tool Library and workshops offered have helped us, as well as many of our neighbors, maintain and repair our modest homes in a way we could not otherwise afford. And MUD's dedication to the concepts of reducing, reusing, recycling have helped create other very worthy projects in the missoula area.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization has done a lot to help move Missoula forward and to help Missoulian's learn more about increasing their sustainability. Their workshops and programming are great.

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Achala M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I believe in what MUD provides to the community! What a wonderful example of communitys working together for the beneft of all. Thank you MUD!

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Jordan L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the MUD Mingles, and I hope to use the tool library and truck share in the future!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is the people involved with the Missoula Urban Development Project that make it not only a worthwhile endeavor but a unique asset to the community. Caring people determined to help others make life a little better is what I think of when I reflect on MUD. I can think of no nonprofit more beneficial in the state.

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