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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Rating: 5 stars  

We moved to Missoula with all of our household goods in storage, so no tools at hand. THank goodness we had the tool library to start remodeling our house and maintain our yard and gardens. Without their help we would have had to buy tools for a one time use (demolition for remodel required sledgehammers, etc. The expertise offered guided us through the process as well.

We have lived in several communities and have not experienced such a unique service. The friendly, helpful staff at the lending tool library and the office connected us with many community resources as well.

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We borrowed the truck to transport tools and were able to maintain our yard and begin a remodel on our house. We were able to harvest the gardens and prep them for winter. It helped us organize a small neighborhood clean-up of overgrown bushes also.

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

Find a way to expand the tool library hours.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

I've personally experienced MUD through the public input process.

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

I might encourage wider involvement with professionals early in the project development process.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

MUD helped me renovate my house.

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

Update the online tool list.

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Rating: 5 stars  

MUD was a fantastic place to learn and grow within the Missoula Community. Without MUD I wouldn't have known the power of my own hands and spirit.

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

Because they are always there and always welcoming.

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

Give them even better funding.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 4 stars  

I have been a member of MUD for almost ten years. They have allowed me to fix and improve my house without purchasing any new tools. Additionally, I learned gardening skills that have allowed me to become a better urban farmer. With MUD's tool library and workshops, I have been able to live a more ecologically and socially responsible lifestyle.

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

through an improved household and more sustainable lifestyle

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

not sure

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Rating: 4 stars  

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.

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

classes, tool library & truck share program

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

-Offer more classes - Extend hours of tool library to more days/wk

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Rating: 5 stars  

MUD is incredible! They have a large number of tools in the tool library, reasonable rates for membership and rental, friendly & knowledgeable staff and a wide variety of class/programs that serve the community.

They are a great asset to our community!

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

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

none

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Rating: 5 stars  

M.U.D. has been a great asset to Missoula Community for all the years it has served. The people working in the office were very helpful and patient. Thank you MUD!

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

being able to complete home and yard projects on my own.

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

spread the word about MUD and how many ways they can help the community as a whole.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

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.

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

It's great to have the truckshare program as a resource

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

not sure I have any suggestions at the moment

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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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

Being able to complete home projects way more affordably!

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

Get the word out to the greater community of all the serves they provide.

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