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February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

Love the tool library. It makes so much sense to borrow tools that I rarely need, especially the lawn mower, because I don't have a good place to store one, and I can never keep them in good working order.

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

borrowing tools

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

don't know

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

MUD is a great local resource. The organization is an important part of the effort to create a sustainable future for Missoula.

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

The tool library loan program.

Ways to make it better...

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

None!

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

I have supported MUD for some years mostly because I believe that a sustainable planet begins with sustainable communities and MUD works for that end. Also, I am a believer in teaching people to grow their own food not only supports and empowers them, it creates a community that is less dependent on systems of handouts. Lastly they do a great job of collaborating with other organizations whose missions are likewise directed at building community, one family at a time.
Wayne Chamberlain, President
Missoula Food Bank
Board of Directors

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

watching it meet the informational and tool needs of others.

Ways to make it better...

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

expand its reach

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

My wife and I have used MUD's cider press in the fall to make some delicious apple cider from apples that would otherwise have gone to waste. We found the staff at MUD helpful and the atmosphere friendly and inviting. I always get new ideas to use around the home from my visits to MUD. MUD is a great resourse for the community.

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

reducing waste by making cider from apples that would otherwise go to waste.

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

increasee their budget so they can reach more worthy clients.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

As someone trying to make it on a lower income in Missoula, MUD has been invaluable. My partner and I started going to MUD to use the tool the library. We checked out drills, bits, saws, sanders... anything we needed while trying to make a lasting place for ourselves in our apartment and thereby in Missoula. Without MUD our walls would be bare, the furniture we found on the cheap or for free would be less functional.

I know it doesn't sound like much, but having access to those tools means real things. We can make ourselves a home; a place we feel comfortable in that we belong to. Going back and forth to MUD we met other people, people with good advice about putting up a hanging mirror or where to go fix your bike. We got to feed the chickens and pull a few choice items from the garden, or just have a place to rest a while and chat with other folks before biking home.

Knowing there's an organization like MUD means there's people in this town looking out for each other, trying to make a common and collected go of it. I've felt more at home, more a part, of Missoula than most places I've lived because of that quality. You see it in MUD, the organization embodies community. It houses it, gives it a center.

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

Fostering community, providing access to tools to low income folks, practicing practical sustainability.

Ways to make it better...

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

Have the tool library be open more hours in the week. Give them more money for tool maintenance and replacement.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Fostering community.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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February 28, 2011

I am placing myself amongst the clients served category because this organization has tapped the academic community as well. In the past I worked with MUD as a student working on a community project. Our student group was provided an opportunity not only to learn but to complete actual hands-on service. This is invaluable in the concept of community learning, sustainability and the learning realm of social work students!

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

my MSW program work in the course: Groups and Community Work.

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

As this experience was about six years ago and I have relocated to another state, I do not feel I have current changes to reccomend. In my learning role, I thought this agency was a great grassroots organization that was very committed to their mission.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

MUD's tool library has proved to be indispensable for me a home owner with limited income. I have borrowed circular soars and garden tools , all of which have been we maintained by MUD volunteers and staff. I have also been impressed by the range of workshops that offer throughout the year and will sure to take in one about worm bins this year. (Everyone needs a worm bin, you know). In addition , just visiting the MUD site , provides a wealth of ideas of new garden plants , herbs, etc..

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

Working on house projects with tools provided by MUD.

Ways to make it better...

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

Provide more resources so that MUD could do more outreach in the community..

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

I've known about MUD for years and always appreciated the niche they've carved out to make Missoula a better place to live. MUD offers tons of information relevant to homeowners and "urban" agriculturalists, but my primary use of their services comes from the tool library. They have everything I need for small home building projects, and they offer great advice on using the tools. Particularly, I like being able to get tools from them that I would only use once or twice a year - or just once. Even if I could afford these tools, my purchase of them would be wasteful. Sharing these tools is a responsible use of resources, encourages community engagement, and reduces the storage space that every home owner seems to need for endless supplies of rarely used tools. Go MUD!

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

my community. MUD provides necessary resources to Missoula.

Ways to make it better...

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

Come up with a system that allows people to return tools during off-hours

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

We were devoted members of the tool library for many years - we remodeled a kitchen, landscaped our yard, tiled our mud room all with tools from MUD. We moved away to Helena for a few years but are recently back and look forward to rediscovering all MUD has to offer. MUD is a wonderful resource for this community.

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

My own home, yard.

Ways to make it better...

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

Grow the organization to where it has more funding.

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

The "Tool Library" supported by MUD has saved me soooo much money and gotten me out of a ton of binds! Having access to all the tools that I don't own myself is a lifesaver!

The Great!

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

Painting is my profession, but many handy man jobs get passed my way and it is so amazing to have access to all these tools.

Ways to make it better...

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

Change nothing!

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