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  

Stellar effort that galvanizes folks to really WANT to contribute, each to their own capacity. Great job to all - MUD Rocks !

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

seeing folks borrow from the tool library

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

lean on more folks to volunteer

Was your donation impactful?

Likely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

neighborhood effort and openness of the folks who participate

Why did you make your donation at this time?

live nearby and can see the caliber of the effort.

What would you tell others about this organization?

yup

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

MUD is a fantastic community resource and model nonprofit. I especially LOVE the tool library.

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

I saved a ton of money on remodeling and landscaping by borrowing tools from the tool library.

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

get more people involved in donating and volunteering there

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Rating: 5 stars  

MUD is an early pioneer in building community sustainability.
They do a lot with a little money and many volunteers.
They inspire young people and give them hope, also practical skills, community service habit, and do it yourself attitude.

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

seeing my community become more sustainable, and seeing young people motivated to work with others to achieve a more sustainable and just community for all.

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

Set up a MUD demo site in every neighborhood in our town.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first got to know MUD by visiting the demonstration site in 2002-2003 with the University of Montana Wilderness and Civilization Program. MUD was immediately welcoming and intriguing - and still is

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

tool library, truck share, workshops

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

make it more visible in Missoula

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 4 stars  

I have benefited greatly from living about six blocks from MUD and the Tool Library. As a first time home owner, the proximity of such a resource means I borrow a lawn-mower, drill, or circular saw, etc. and learn about ways to use them to spruce up the place and add sustainable features. The organization is trying to raise money for a move to a more central location, which will be sad to lose in the neighborhood. Still, the idea makes sense for sustainability reasons - more people will be able to travel shorter distances to get there. I will be happy if more people can share this resource that has its head in the right direction.

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

Saving money on power tools and lawn equipment, reducing the vehicle miles traveled and carbon footprint of many by sharing a truck for trips.

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

Expand hours of the tool library

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

MUD has been a flash point for integrated, holistic, sustainable urban living. The tool lending library, although it's there as a resource, also, at its heart, decreases overconsumption simply because people are sharing the items - no matter how simple (screwdrivers) or complex. The workshops (I do wish they were held more often on a recurring basis) promote community (connecting with over like-minded folk) and sustainability. But more than anything, the integrated approach and philosophy of MUD is key to the future of healthy communities.

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

I've borrowed tools, worked on site, and gone to workshops.

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

Have the workshops on a more regular basis! Have MORE of everything they do!

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Rating: 5 stars  

MUD. Getting people into the dirt about life and how to be personally resourceful and making the most of life. A great resource making our community stronger.

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...

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 4 stars  

I have known about MUD since I moved to Missoula eleven years ago. It has a long history of serving the Northside neighborhood and the greater Missoula community. In general the organization models sustainable urban living while increasing the capacity of individuals and the community to decrease their environmental footprint. In the process it draws people together socially in the process.

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

I have participated in work parties at the site, as well as learned about different aspects of sustainability through their excellent workshops. In addition our home benefits from the clever and valuable tool library.

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

I hope MUD continues to increase it's profile in the community!

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Rating: 4 stars  

MUD's mission of pursuing and promoting sustainable living in an urban environment is inspiring. The organization serves to connect people, spawn ideas, and offer tools (literal and figurative) to move towards an existence that is more fulfilling and responsible.

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

Learning how to build a greenhouse, make paper, press apples for cider, teach children about gardening and so much more.

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

Give them stable base funding.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love MUD! Its the only NP that I know of that serves an important niche of showing "urban" folks how to live sustainably. I also enjoy their community gatherings and all the tools you can rent with a membership. Go MUD!

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

practical help borrowing tools

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

establish another location in the Rattlesnake

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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