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.
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Was just made aware of this fantastic project. As is the case always, we can do for others once in a while but to have lasting effects, it is best to teach others to do for themselves...

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

No

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

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I became a member less than 6 months ago, and since then have utilized my membership numerous times. I have used the tool library mostly and it has helped me tremendously. I have small home projects as well as artistic endeavors. Their volunteers are helpful, friendly, and communicable. I received a tour of the property prior to becoming a member, and explained all that they have available. I heard about them through word of mouth, and the they have passed my expectations. I receive e.mails about news and events and enjoy my membership. I hope to become a member next year, and hope to see them continue to grow. If their tool library can continue to be open more hours, and add tools then I can continue to work on personal projects, and save help consumerism and re-use items instead of always buying new. Thanks for being there for me MUD.

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

through the tool library and the friendly staff.

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

extend the tool library hours, and get more tools in stock available for members.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I became a member less than 6 months ago, and since then have utilized my membership numerous times. I have used the tool library mostly and it has helped me tremendously. I have small home projects as well as artistic endeavors. Their volunteers are helpful, friendly, and communicable. I received a tour of the property prior to becoming a member, and explained all that they have available. I heard about them through word of mouth, and the they have passed my expectations. I receive e.mails about news and events and enjoy my membership. I hope to become a member next year, and hope to see them continue to grow. If their tool library can continue to be open more hours, and add tools then I can continue to work on personal projects, and save help consumerism and re-use items instead of always buying new. Thanks for being there for me MUD.

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

through the tool library and the friendly staff.

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

extend the tool library hours, and get more tools in stock available for members.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

As a member of the faculty of the Environmental Studies program at the University of Montana, I know many of the excellent environmental NGOs in Missoula. MUD stands out as one of the most effective, grassroots, community organizations, and for 30 years has helped Missoula with practical, hands-on experience in sustainable urban living. A terrific organization with an important mission!

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

workshops and community events. Several of our EVST students also have interned at MUD

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

Fundraise for a full time director who can raise money to keep the organization going more fluidly

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I moved to missoula a few years ago and discovered MUD. I signed up to have access to the tool library and was amazed at selection of tools. Since then I have been consistently impressed with the course offerings as well as their commitment to providing a tangible resource in the community for sustainable living. MUD is definitely a valuable asset to the neighborhood and the community.

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

Access to tools and inspiration to live sustainably in a suburban setting.

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

none

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Rating: 4 stars  

I used the services here to build a table from scratch. The tool library and the staff were great; exactly what I needed. Thank you all!

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

using their tool library.

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

Fund them better and expand their resources.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 4 stars  

i thought i knew how to grow veges as all my life i had done so....in california. in 2005 after two summers in missoula and whopping failures, i discovered MUD. first thing i learned was how much i needed to learn. MUD helped with everything from composting tips and soil prep, to understanding the seasons here, to harvesting and storing my own seeds and even offered tools and a truck to do the job. i also took a cheese making class. i wander through the MUD site sometimes just to get inspired, taste the delicious veges, see the community working together. i feel safe that MUD has been there a long time and is growing now into more of what it is meant to be even as MUD positions itself to launch into the huge growth spurt of a complete remodel, into an even better example of urban sustainable and healthy community living.

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

as stated above.

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

go ahead with the remodel plans, and run the urban demonstration with 12 to 20 residents on those three lots, sometime no later than five years.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

MUD rocks... i have attended workshops and used their tool library. they provide a great service to our community.

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

a composting/garden workshop.

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

nothing.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 4 stars  

I have attended two workshops: a home improvement one on gray-water systems and a cheese-making workshop. The home improvement was thoughtful, practical and accessible thanks to the MUD volunteers and staff. I have also donated a large number of inherited tools, both power and hand. To me the tool library is the most brilliant idea! All neighborhoods should have one where people could share and not own so many things that rarely get used. They are welcoming and take the time to show you how to use the tools, as well. It's a wonderful model of community building, sharing, and resourcefulness.

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

I work with at-risk youth and have shared information about the tool library and truck share with my students who would never have the resources to own the tools to fix up their places. They had never heard of it and I know that one student took his mom.

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

Narrow the mission to the demonstration site, tool library and classes associated with those topics.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

Love the tool library! Also love the educational programs/workshops. Keep up the good work.

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

Seeing MUD provide assistance to homeowners.

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

Continue providing the programs them offer.

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