MISSOULA URBAN DEMONSTRATION PROJECT

Rating: 4.72 stars   599 reviews

Issues: Education, Environment, Economic Development

Location: 629 Phillips St Missoula MT 59802 USA

Mission: MUD values Urban Sustainable Living: A way of living that embraces low-impact, small-budget, do-it-yourself, resource-sharing practices that foster healthy communities and ecosystems now and for future generations.

2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

MUD brings to my community what no other can. The expertise and professionalism which is available through MUD is incomparable to any other.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing others enjoy the fruits of their labors.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them the $5000 award. Cent for Cent MUD will get so much for the community from that prize.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

MUD is the most humble of charities. I'll bet a dollar will go farther with MUD than just about any group you can come up with. We have led the solar installation workshop on site, been a member, done small presentations and donated a truck. Every town should have a group like this to set a great example to youth and allow students to live a sustainable life 24/7. MUD competes for donors with many other eco-minded organizations and has shown itself to be a survivor. That is a testament to MUD's true adherence to sustainability. From worms to tools to compost and manure, MUD gets it right!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways. We have attended workshops, done presentations at workshops, done solar home tours in conjunctions with MUD, donated a used truck which they kept running many years longer than I thought they could; using it to pick up coffee grounds for their compost and vermiculture and haul manure for their spring fundraiser.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

figure out some way to bring up the standard of living just a little. I think the rest of the community could relate better if MUD was more like a typical home that incorporated all these wonderful things. It would take money to do that.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

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

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

learned to make cheese and be self sufiction.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Love the set up-natural plants-garden-chickens etc....

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Rating: 5 stars  

MUD has helped Missoula become a leader in urban sustainability. It's an important and cherished part of MIssoula's character. Missoula would not be the same without it, and more importantly, the MUD model could be applied to other towns, big and small.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

getting various projects done around the house.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

another cider press would be nice. And another pole saw.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I think MUD provides an invaluable community service. Our family has utilized several services offered by MUD. We have accessed the apple press from the tool library on several occassions to make cider with our apples. My husband has attended several of the workshops offered by MUD as well. I highly recommend this organization to everyone in my community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

no

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Can't think of anything.

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Rating: 4 stars  

MUD! My next door neighbor and hardworking partner in sustainable living for several years. The honest efforts of Missoula Urban Demonstration are a testament to the hard work of non-profits. Through the collective efforts of dedicated staff and volunteers, MUD has grown from a simple city seed company to a vital community resource for cooperative urban living. It is a delight to watch them evolve. I sincerely support their efforts as a Missoulian, neighbor and friend.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Having worked with the MUD board on several different occasions I have experienced their dedication to the core mission of MUD and drive to advance the organization in the best ways. As a neighbor to the MUD site, I get to experience the energy of the work that happens there, the constant coming and going of workers, members and volunteers, and I can sense their determination in making the mission of MUD the mission of a much larger community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

They need space! While their location is certainly being used to its utmost, there is little room to grow and accommodate new communities. I would also recommend they engage in more partnerships with other local groups who share common visions to generate more support and growth of their own organization.

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Rating: 4 stars  

The tool library and its employees and volunteers helped me make improvements on my home I wouldn't otherwise have been able to afford.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By using the tool library to replace trim and fix doors in my house

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give it better advertising

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 4 stars  

Missoula Urban Demonstration Project (MUD) is a great benefit to the Missoula community. I have attended two workshops provided by MUD: one taught basics of saving seeds relative to gardening/farming, the other taught basic blacksmithing skills. Both workshops were taught by very knowledgeable and qualified instructors, and were provided to me, a member, at a very affordable fee. I would highly recommend participating in learning experiences offered by MUD, and advocate for supporting the organization with membership or donations. MUD also provides an excellent tool library and affordable pickup truck share program.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

two excellent educational workshops.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I only hope that MUD will find the support they need to continue providing their services to the community; I would be pleased if greater community support, and particularly increased funding would help MUD to provide more frequent educational workshops.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

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

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've also discussed re-designing their native plant demonstration gardens, and donated seed to help them.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them move to a larger space so they could enhance their ability to present programs and offer more tools at the Tool Library.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my personal life

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it bigger.

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