Help students with needed school supplies

The start of the school year should bring with it excitement and anticipation for what the upcoming year might bring. For many of our families, however, this time of year can bring added stress around how they will be able to provide their child with a durable backpack and required school supplies. How can you help? Consider purchasing a backpack or school supplies from the list on our website.

Summer is in full swing

The Goodman Community Center is bustling this July with children, older adults, parents and visitors. We're offering food preservation classes to teens, drumming classes to elementary school students, swimming lessons for little ones, Tai Chi for older adults, science activities for all ages and program designed to help kids get fit while gardening.

A GCC story: the Jarjue Family

Gibril works next door to Goodman at Madison Kipp Corporation. He has three children that attend programming here: his 10-year old, Bubba, a 7-year-old and a 3-year-old. Gibril receives partial to full scholarships for all three of his children. Watch his family's story.

Working Class Catering

Teens in Working Class Catering learn all about running a full-service catering company while working work side-by-side with our professional chefs and catering manager. 

Your food will be delicious and beautiful. Your guests will be treated well. Whether it's a once in a lifetime celebration, a casual gathering,or a business meeting -- Working Class Catering will deliver for you. Learn how to reserve Working Class Catering.

Fit Youth Initiative!

The Fit Youth Initiative, FYI, is a collaboration of four community centers on the east and north sides of Madison with the goal of increasing access to healthy nutrition and fitness activities. FYI is energetically striving to reduce the obesity rate by increasing activity levels and providing nutrition education in afterschool programs.

Read more about FYI, generously funded by the Goodman Foundation, on the Madison Commons website.

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Closings & Schedule Changes

Building Closings

  • The Ironworks Cafe will close on Friday, August 14. We will post any updates about special events.
  • The Center will also be closed from Monday, Aug. 17 through Friday, Aug. 21 for a much-needed deep cleaning.
  • The Center will close Monday, Sept. 7 for Labor Day.


Severe Weather Closings Policy

When Madison Schools are closed due to inclement weather, all youth and senior program activities scheduled that day are canceled. Center facilities may remain open and be staffed on a limited basis. If severe weather requires us to close the Center on a weekend, you'll find a message on our phone system and here on our home page to let you know. In some situations, private events may still take place even though the Center is closed due to severe weather. If you were planning to attend a scheduled private event, please contact your event's organizer for more information.

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Ironworks Cafe

Delicious food made from fresh, local & seasonal ingredients.

Working Class Catering

Full-service catering with house-made foods of all styles using the best local & organic ingredients.

What others are saying...

"My kids, every single morning...I love my kids and I play a lot with them, but every single morning when they get up, they want to come here. Even when they're sick, they still want to come here." -Hassanatou, mother

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