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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

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 3

Community, a concept, is hard to define. However in moments of acquiessence or repose may bring warmth and familiarity.

Familiarity amongst neighbors are seeds that draw each and us closer. MUD strives to bring community and family together. Allowing for the resources when idle, we may provide for the betterment of homes sitting side by side, building and sharing our community.

MUD, a gift amongst ou to share.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I continue to use the knowledge I gained from taking the seed starting/gardening classes. Always a comfort to know that the tool library is available when needed.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We became members last summer after moving to Missoula and wanting to make improvements on our home on a tight budget. MUD has been a fabulous resource with the Tool Library and the Truck Share program! Fabulous!!

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Donor

Rating: 4

I've been a member of MUD for as long as I can remember. Their community gardens, tool library and sustainable living workshops have made Missoula a better place to live. They've had an especially significant impact on the "Northside" of Missoula, where I live. They're a great organization and have earned my support.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I always feel good about donating to MUD because they do so much with so little.

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Donor

Rating: 5

MUD is an incredible asset to the Missoula community. It offers a variety and unique combination of things for the common urban dweller--from the tool library to classes, get togethers. information, a truck. The volunteers and staff at MUD get it right to address unmet needs in Missoula.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I serve on the MUD Board of Directors and decided to get more involved in this organization because I think it has really stayed true to its positive message encouraging people to live more sustainably for 30 years now.

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Donor

Rating: 5

One of many incredible aspects of MUD is their tool library. At least once a week something comes up where I need a tool I don't own to fix a problem I am having at home. Instead of buying an expensive piece of equipment I may use only once, I can count on MUD's tool library having the tool and the knowledgeable staff informing me how to correctly fix my problem. Over the years the library has saved me several thousand dollars.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I'm always impressed with, traditionally, all that MUD accomplishes with the money it has. I've taken gardening classes there, did a wonderful tai chi class once out in the yard, and borrowed a sander from the tool library. I remember first learning about MUD from those little notices on restaurant tables telling about how it collects and reuses coffee grounds. I love MUD.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have known MUD since the beginning. They have had many reincarnations and seem to be going as strong as ever. The tool library is valuable, the classes informative, the educational opportunities for university students and kids as well as community members are remarkable for such a low budget operation. Long live MUD!

Donor

Rating: 5

Stellar effort that galvanizes folks to really WANT to contribute, each to their own capacity. Great job to all - MUD Rocks !

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Donor

Rating: 5

MUD is a fantastic community resource and model nonprofit. I especially LOVE the tool library.

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Donor

Rating: 5

MUD is an early pioneer in building community sustainability.
They do a lot with a little money and many volunteers.
They inspire young people and give them hope, also practical skills, community service habit, and do it yourself attitude.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I first got to know MUD by visiting the demonstration site in 2002-2003 with the University of Montana Wilderness and Civilization Program. MUD was immediately welcoming and intriguing - and still is

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Donor

Rating: 4

I have benefited greatly from living about six blocks from MUD and the Tool Library. As a first time home owner, the proximity of such a resource means I borrow a lawn-mower, drill, or circular saw, etc. and learn about ways to use them to spruce up the place and add sustainable features. The organization is trying to raise money for a move to a more central location, which will be sad to lose in the neighborhood. Still, the idea makes sense for sustainability reasons - more people will be able to travel shorter distances to get there. I will be happy if more people can share this resource that has its head in the right direction.

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Donor

Rating: 5

MUD has been a flash point for integrated, holistic, sustainable urban living. The tool lending library, although it's there as a resource, also, at its heart, decreases overconsumption simply because people are sharing the items - no matter how simple (screwdrivers) or complex. The workshops (I do wish they were held more often on a recurring basis) promote community (connecting with over like-minded folk) and sustainability. But more than anything, the integrated approach and philosophy of MUD is key to the future of healthy communities.

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Donor

Rating: 5

MUD. Getting people into the dirt about life and how to be personally resourceful and making the most of life. A great resource making our community stronger.

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Donor

Rating: 4

I have known about MUD since I moved to Missoula eleven years ago. It has a long history of serving the Northside neighborhood and the greater Missoula community. In general the organization models sustainable urban living while increasing the capacity of individuals and the community to decrease their environmental footprint. In the process it draws people together socially in the process.

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Donor

Rating: 4

MUD's mission of pursuing and promoting sustainable living in an urban environment is inspiring. The organization serves to connect people, spawn ideas, and offer tools (literal and figurative) to move towards an existence that is more fulfilling and responsible.

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Jeanette R.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love MUD! Its the only NP that I know of that serves an important niche of showing "urban" folks how to live sustainably. I also enjoy their community gatherings and all the tools you can rent with a membership. Go MUD!

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