Sometimes, food is love.

Thanks to people like you, providing Thanksgiving Baskets for families in need has become a tradition in Madison -- for the last 26 years.

We hope to feed over 2,500 families in Dane County and would love to have your support creating a happy and abundant celebration for families in need. Click here to read about Thanksgiving Basket program or request a food drive kit.

Keeping the Lights on Afterschool

Studies show again and again that high-quality afterschool programming improves children's academic performance and fitness. Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. Read more about Family Fun Nights at the Goodman Community Center.


Gallery Night at GCC

Make the Goodman Community Center one of your gallery night destinations. Stop by for snacks, beverages, a silent auction, beautiful and affordable art and a special menu offered from the Ironworks Cafe. Read more about the artists featured at this October's Gallery Night.

Working Class Catering

Teens in Working Class Catering learn all about running a full-service catering company, 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.

Stop by our Older Adult Programs

Our GCC older adult program offer daily nutritious lunches, card games, bingo, philosophy discussions, Tai Chi, gentle exercise and lots of laughs. To read more about our daily programming--particularly on Thurdays--continue to our Older Adults Program page.

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Closings & Schedule Changes

Building Closings

  • The Goodman Community Center will be closed on Thursday, November 27 and Friday November 28 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.


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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