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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Rating: 3 stars  

Community, a concept, is hard to define. However in moments of acquiessence or repose may bring warmth and familiarity.

Familiarity amongst neighbors are seeds that draw each and us closer. MUD strives to bring community and family together. Allowing for the resources when idle, we may provide for the betterment of homes sitting side by side, building and sharing our community.

MUD, a gift amongst ou to share.

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

Offering guidance.

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

suggest listneing to those with no personal interest or ego. Incidentally, I have no screen name nor desire for such vanity.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I continue to use the knowledge I gained from taking the seed starting/gardening classes. Always a comfort to know that the tool library is available when needed.

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I continue to use the knowledge I gained from taking the seed starting/gardening classes. Always a comfort to know that the tool library is available when needed.

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

more gardening classes

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

We became members last summer after moving to Missoula and wanting to make improvements on our home on a tight budget. MUD has been a fabulous resource with the Tool Library and the Truck Share program! Fabulous!!

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We used the truck to build a new/safe patio for our grandmother on a very limited income.

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

Expand. I'd love to see a tool library and truck closer to our home on the South side of town!

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

I've been a member of MUD for as long as I can remember. Their community gardens, tool library and sustainable living workshops have made Missoula a better place to live. They've had an especially significant impact on the "Northside" of Missoula, where I live. They're a great organization and have earned my support.

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

my neighborhood, where their influence is perhaps the strongest.

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

help them increase their budget so they could have a few more paid staff in addition to the amazing volunteers who keep the organization going.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I always feel good about donating to MUD because they do so much with so little.

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

workshops, tool library, truck share

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

find more money so they could do more

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

MUD is an incredible asset to the Missoula community. It offers a variety and unique combination of things for the common urban dweller--from the tool library to classes, get togethers. information, a truck. The volunteers and staff at MUD get it right to address unmet needs in Missoula.

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

... the ability of low income or just active Missoulians to learn and use their knowledge to improve their lives and those within their community.

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

MUD does a good job of publicizing its work and assets and perhaps even more people could learn about it.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I serve on the MUD Board of Directors and decided to get more involved in this organization because I think it has really stayed true to its positive message encouraging people to live more sustainably for 30 years now.

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We don't ever turn people away from our programs and we try to make them as accessible as possible. I am always inspired by the people I meet through my work with MUD. I am inspired to live better and to be more engaged in my community.

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

I would try to make everything we've dreamed of in our strategic plan a reality.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

One of many incredible aspects of MUD is their tool library. At least once a week something comes up where I need a tool I don't own to fix a problem I am having at home. Instead of buying an expensive piece of equipment I may use only once, I can count on MUD's tool library having the tool and the knowledgeable staff informing me how to correctly fix my problem. Over the years the library has saved me several thousand dollars.

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I've used the knowledge I gained from a workshop MUD put on to build a workable coldframe for my garden.

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

Keep increasing the number of tools available in the library. Maybe, have more links on the website on "How to fix....' or other home improvement projects.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm always impressed with, traditionally, all that MUD accomplishes with the money it has. I've taken gardening classes there, did a wonderful tai chi class once out in the yard, and borrowed a sander from the tool library. I remember first learning about MUD from those little notices on restaurant tables telling about how it collects and reuses coffee grounds. I love MUD.

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

mentioned above.

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

Some of the tools in the library get pretty rough use. But that's the challenge of a community tool library.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have known MUD since the beginning. They have had many reincarnations and seem to be going as strong as ever. The tool library is valuable, the classes informative, the educational opportunities for university students and kids as well as community members are remarkable for such a low budget operation. Long live MUD!

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

watching the impact of this organization on friends' lives who lived on site as well as attended workshops and expanded my skills.

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

grow it for a larger impact.

 
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