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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: 3

I've worked at MUD and seen how people learn to be empowered by their involvement with MUD. This small non profit's commitment to self -sufficiency and sustainability radiates throughout the whole community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that is truly an asset to Missoula

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MUDD is my “go to” for information on just about anything concerning gardening. I’ve learned, for instance, how to prune trees, garden with less water, build a compost heap and how to engage in Hugelkulture. I’ll be coming to you in the next few weeks to learn how to build a cold frame. Thank you for being an indispensable presence for self-help in our community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

MUD's role in Missoula is not only about sharing tools among the community, but it's about education and self-empowerment. If borrowing tools lets me build my own chicken coop, then I will have a better appreciation for my own capabilities.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A unique and active organization, MUD seems to shape the dialogue on sustainability in Missoula and the region. Actions speak louder than words and MUD certainly embodies that phrase.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MUD is a great benefit to the MIssoula and greater Montana community. I would love to see MUD have a greater breadth of resources to continue, and expand the good work.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

MUD exemplifies all that is great about the Missoula community--commitment to engaging the public, commitment to sustainability, and commitment neighborhoods.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MUD offers great opportunities to the community surrounding Missoula. It is great to live in a place that not only encourages sustainability, but also helps people realistically be able to accomplish those goals.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Living in this neighborhood and partaking in it's life is an obvious result of the hardwork of the Missoula Urban Demonstration Project. I am so very grateful to have landed here with my family and to have found such a resourceful community to be a part of. I especially love the idea of the tool library and truck share which we frequently use during the summer months here. I think it will become tradition for us to haul manure from our friends farm or borrow the cider press when our neighbor is willing to share their bumper crop of apples that year. It is so good to see the commitment of this organization to its neighborhood and I hope they can receive the means to make their future thrive.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

i'm a neighbor and has help at mud the host with tools for a big project in missoula we re did the front of the provello help in buliding playground rent tools the knowledge of the workshop you learn from all 3 of my girls did summer camp they learn lots on the plant and are enviroment they had hands oon with a vacant lot and we all clean up it now it a park down from mud the whole strutce is be in the community and i been a neighbor 25 years . keep up the good work

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Yay MUD! What a great group! I also take offense to being told that I need to submit a more substantive review. I respectfully request that you accept my original submission.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was living in a household with a MUD membership for two years. Every fall, the best thing was going apple picking then renting the apple press (an incredibly specific and useful tool that there is no way we would ever have been able to afford for ourselves, nor is it a tool we would really need to own, as we only used it for a few days a year). I made so much cider and from that, apple cider vinegar, hard and soft cider, mmmmm!! Thanks mud! I also used the services to get a roto-tiller to set up our garden. It is incredibly affordable, and also incredibly sensible to have a place where tools can be shared communally. I highly approve!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MUD is an invaluable part of Missoula culture. I have take advantage of the tool library and truck share on several occasions. This concept of resource sharing is not just important for sustaining resources, but also for sustaining a sense of community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Five years ago I brought handicapped clients that I worked with to a gardening class, that was offered by MUD, to people with disabilities. The individuals who participated loved it, and still talk about it to this day.
Since then I have become a member, gotten to volunteer for a few of the gatherings, and been able to utilize the invaluable tool library that MUD enhances the community with. What a wonderful organization! Thanks for all you do!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MUD goes above and beyond to teach sustainability to the community of Missoula. From their tool library, to their truck share program, workshops and youth education program, they provide the tools for everyone to be able to "give back" to our community. They've inspired me to be more mindful in my day-to-day living.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Love the message MUD is spreading- everyone living in a sustainable way on planet earth!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Missoula Urban Demonstation Project is a valube part of our community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

MUD is a wonderful resource. Their tool library has made it available for me to till a garden & remodel a room in a house with their resources.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MUD is a great asset to the community of Missoula in its effort towards sustainability. Through workshops, shared tools, and various educational programs MUD makes the goal of sustainable living more achievable for many community members. MUD is a special asset for lower-income people trying to use resources efficiently to provide healthy food and environment for their families. I can't remember a time I wasn't aware that MUD is a real treasure ino our community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've loved MUD - their tool library and educational programs since I moved to Missoula over 15 years ago. Great community organization!

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