My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Missoula Urban Demonstration Project, Missoula, MT, USA
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.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Fostering community, providing access to tools to low income folks, practicing practical sustainability.
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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