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  

Hands-on demonstration center--an excellent resource for lifelong learning. A great diversity of programs in sustainable living and self-sufficiency. MUD's outreach is an integral part of the Missoula community.

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

working with educational program development

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

give it a strong and diverse funding base.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

Everyone needs an organization like MUD in their community. I applaud their work with the public school system and the support they provide the Missoula community.

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

knowing people in MIssoula that have worked with YEP! and the tool library

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

find a way to replicate their work in my own community

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

MUD is a great, sustainable, developmental organization aimed at empowering the communities disadvantaged by the ambivalence of economic policies even before Hurricane Katrina made landfall. It is efforts like this, that not only strive to heal a community in-need, but promote a long-term sustainable solution to previously existing socio-economic disparities, that will make and impact on this region.

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

By working in other efforts in sustainable re-development in this region.

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

Increase its funding base to increase the scope of its efforts.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

I keep returning to MUD because it embodies what is most compelling about grassroots community-based change. At MUD, you, as an individual, have the capacity to make a significant difference: a) in the success of the organization's programs, b) in the impact MUD has in the Missoula community, and c) in your own life. Volunteering for MUD is always an opportunity for personal skill development and even professional development.

The environment in which work is accomplished at MUD is one of collaborative decision-making. Members of the organization serve on key committees, informing decisions in a critical way. MUD's relationships with community partners are deliberately cultivated to ensure the local non-profit community is maximizing its potential to serve Missoulians.

And fundamentally, the work done every day at MUD is motivated by the conviction that sharing knowledge and resources about sustainable life skills from one neighbor to the next will result in a significant positive impact on the resilience and long-term sustainability of our community. It is possible to live a meaningful sustainability-oriented lifestyle IN AN URBAN ENVIRONMENT without lots of gadgets and expense.

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

At MUD, I have been able to be part of a 30-year successful endeavor to share urban sustainable life skills with our community. That is the level on which I want to have an impact - as an individual, motivating and enabling others to make informed choices. MUD has been a conduit for doing that for the past six years. I look forward to many more.

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

We made a lot of great changes to enhance the long-term viability of MUD during my time there. As I watch from afar now, I hope they continue to receive financial support necessary to sustain the rigorously developed strategic plans and goals developed over the last two years. If that happens, MUD's going to be around for another 30 years! :)

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 3 stars  

When I first moved to Missoula, the MUD Project was one of the first organizations I got involved with. I had a garden plot in the Northside Community Garden, and ultimately joined the board of directors. MUD's mission really spoke to me, and I found myself trying to practice in my own backyard and my own home the things that MUD demonstrated could be done to live a little more lightly. From the Garden Party to the Tool Library, MUD has always been about sharing and building community. It's a fabulous organization.

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

my own life! and, of course, in the difference MUD makes in its community.

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

Ensure it has the financial and human resources to continue meeting its mission for many more years.

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

MUD is a phenomenal organization, what more can I say. The services that MUD offers to the Missoula valley are so beneficial to the whole community. From the kids enrolled in the Youth Education Program (YEP for short) to their grandparents who attend the workshops on gardening, seed saving, or sewing, MUD offers education and support for the community.

I first became a member of MUD to use the tool library. I was stunned when I saw the number and assortment of tools that they have available. They even have two trucks that are available as part of the Truck Share Program. I could not believe it. I was all of a sudden shocked that this type of organization was not in every town. Not only does MUD have a plethora of tools, their tool librarian's have to know how to operate, maintain, and give helpful tips on how to use their tools effectively and safely.

Several months later I joined the Board of Directors. As an Energy Auditor and Home Performance Consultant I worked with the Site committee to develop a redevelopment plan. I was so pleased to work with so many talented and diligent people.

Unfortunately, my stay on the Board of Directors was short lived. I took a job in Pennsylvania and have missed MUD every day since. I now live in a town that doesn't have a tool library or Truck Share and realize how useful it was. Times were, I had access to everything from lathes, table saws, and chisels to chippers, pole pruners, and chain saws. I love you dearly MUD. I will always remember the good time I had with my friends at MUD!

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

This organization has benefited me and so many of my friends through tools, education, and a rockin' garden party. MUD's service to the community is unparalleled.

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

As a former board member I honestly say that MUD is one of the best managed organization that I have been a part of. Lauren Caldwell's leadership is remarkable. Her insight and diligence is staggering. The Board of Directors holds such a diverse skill set from law to architecture. They are very capable, intelligent, and hardworking people. They all volunteer their time and effort into the organization because they believe in it.

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Rating: 3 stars  

I like that MUD has been around for this long. Want it to do more and renew itself into a greater and more active organization that provides more community education services. I'd like to see more of the interesting classes offered. Thank you.

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

tool lending library is a great resource

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

want to see more classes, renewed image campaign, more integrated with other similar Missoula outfits

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

MUD has been teaching urban dwellers (adults to school children) how to live more lightly on the planet for decades. They provide workshops, a loaning tool library, demo projects (conservation remodeling, grow your own food, how to fix it, etc etc). They also provide school programs and organize an annual Earth Day celebration for Missoula. MUD is a major factor in why Missoula has been able to shrink it's eco-footprint.

And they accomplish a lot with very little -- so an investment in them is well 'leveraged'. They have lots of great volunteers who are used effectively. My students learn a lot when they volunteer with MUD. A great choice

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

I have benefited from workshops, from using tools in their tool library, I've attended the annual Earth Day festival they put on; my students have learned a lot while volunteering with MUD.

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

I would try to help them locate more funding. Because I know that they do a lot with very little.

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

MUD is a wonderful gift to Missoula. It has worked closely with the neighbothood, the local businesses and the city to promote and develop the concepts of sustainability, food security, environmental sensitivity and the strength of people to help themselves. For several years I have been priveledged to work with the Board on refining the Mission and Vision of MUD, and to develop the 5 year action plan. It is exciting to work with energetic, dedicated Board members who are committed to the well-being of their community.

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

watching the implimentation of the development plan.

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

find them more money

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

When the dust settles on this era, urban organizations in the early 21st century focused on regional self-reliance and energy and resource conservation will be looked upon as the most important. These are the people that get it. MUD is 30 years old now. It was and remains ahead of its time. A true leader in its field, setting the example. Living the dream. Helping each other. Inspiring others.

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

continue to meet leaders who were inspired by and used the services or volunteered for MUD.

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

help it in its current capital campaign.

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