The Goodman Community Center in the news:
Goodman Community Center Director receives Women of Distinction awardMay 9, 2013
Eliminating food waste to feed more peopleJanuary 17, 2013
The Goodman Community Center was featured in Madison Magazine this month for its Seed to Table teen program. Our staff partners with farms and coalitions to make sure ingredients are distributed to families or used for community meals. In November, Vermont Valley Community Farm had a major surplus of squash and wanted to know if we could use them. With this donation, we baked over 500 squash pies as part of our 2,000 family Thanksgiving Basket distribution.
Read the complete article here.
Goodman Center hopes to feed 2,000 families
The Goodman Community Center is hoping to provide Thanksgiving baskets to an unprecedented number of children and families this year. An incredible 2,240 families (representing close to 10,000 individuals and 4,770 children) registered to receive baskets this season. The Center is working hard to meet this growing need, but it is a tall order. Madison middle school students Cory and Olive were featured in a Channel 3000 video and article. You can support them by donating food or money. Visit our Thanksgiving Baskets page for more information.
TEENworks Little Library featured in documentaryNovember 1, 2012
A documentary about the free Little Library Movement that started in Wisconsin, featuring our TEENworks program. Premieres on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 from 2-3:30pm at the UW-Madison Alumni Lounge in the Pyle Center. Check out our colorful little library on the bike path!
Goodman STEM program reducing the achievement gap
Mark Seeley of the Wisconsin State Journal features the COMET program, a community center-based collaborative science program for elementary aged kids.
"Where does the water that flows from our faucets come from? And where does it go after it swirls down the drain?
COMET Program Launched for Elementary-aged Students
GCC teachers learning how to implement teaching
techniques with the properties of water and ice.Six Madison community centers, Edgewood College and the University of Wisconsin launch the COMETS Program. Join us for the program launch of this collaborative program for elementary aged students aimed at reducing the achievement gap in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Madison, WI Sept. 13, 2012 Thanks to a three year, $330,000 grant from the Madison Community Foundation, a collaboration of six community centers (Bridge Lake Point, East Madison, Goodman, Kennedy Heights, Lussier, and Vera Court are launching an exciting new STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) program led by the University of Wisconsin and Edgewood College. Creating Opportunity in Math, Engineering, Technology and Science (COMETS) will provide 400 unduplicated youth and 350 parents with 450 fun and engaging STEM sessions.
COMETS Program Launch
Monday Sept. 17, 2012 at 2 p.m.
East Madison Community Center
8 Straubel Court Madison, WI 53704
"Our children deserve all possible opportunities to help them be active learners, fulfilled individuals, and successful professionals. The COMETS program is such an opportunity. The Madison Community Foundation is proud to be a partner in this effort with the community center collaborative, UW-Madison, and Edgewood College," said Amy Overby, Vice President of Donor Relations.
In all of the efforts to address the achievement gap, the fact that we are working with children sometimes seems to get lost in the noise of curricula, standards, and educational models. School programs are put under tremendous pressure to tutor, test, and drill which can minimize the time available for the basic building block of learning, the joy of discovery. Research is showing that interest in a science, enjoyment of it, and belief in one's own ability are critical if children are going to pursue science-related education and careers. All you have to do is spend five minutes in a community center afterschool program, and you will be quickly reminded that learning can be fun.
The project aims to reduce the MMSD achievement gap of low income children and children of color. The six partnering centers will offer a consistent and significant dosage of fun and engaging science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming to predominantly low-income children in second to fifth grades. Program components include:
1) University of Wisconsin ARMS volunteers will lead STEM clubs at each Center
2) UW will provide center staff with intensive professional development opportunities and will create 50 science learning sessions and a science activity manual and videos for staff
2) Expose children to the world of science, technology, engineering and math through regular STEM related field trips
3) Engage parents by offering 12 parent activities organized by Edgewood College
4) Organize a center wide Science Symposium hosted at Edgewood College.
"This is a truly innovative and collaborative project. We are excited to be able to lead a program that is most certain to impact the interest and understanding in STEM related fields of so many young people in our Madison Community," Shaheen Sutterwala, UW-Madison Institute for Biology Education.
Arthur Morgan, MERIT facilitator, featured in the Wisconsin State JournalApril 12, 2012
As part of MERIT, Madison Empowering Responsibility in Teens, Arthur Morgan councils youth to be selfish with their lives, "At the end of the day you go home and everything you've done, it comes down to you." Read the complete article in the Wisconsin State Journal.
Canning and Freezing project "leading the charge" among food pantriesMarch, 2012
The Goodman Community Center wants to offer healthy food options year-round to food pantry costumers. Nora Hertel of Madison Commons reports on our mission to preserve food from local gardens and food resources. Please click here for the complete article.
For more information on our teen vocational job-training program, visit our TEENworks page.
Goodman Teacher writes for Wisconsin Natural Resources MagazineFebruary, 2012
Diane Schwartz, the Elementary Outdoor Education Teacher at the Center, writes about her experiences bringing kids outdoor: " I love being shown how to see something in an entirely new way and sometimes it takes a child to do it." To read the complete article, please follow this link.
Goodman Community Center and Hy-Vee Partner to Raise Turkeys DonationsNovember 5, 2011
This year due to budget constraints, the Goodman Community Center will not be receiving donated turkeys from the CAC (Community Action Coalition). Hy-Vee is currently promoting "buy a ham, get a free turkey" and volunteers for the Fritz Food Pantry will be at Hy-Vee on Saturday, November 5th from 10 AM to 3 PM asking Hy-Vee customers to donate their free turkey to the Goodman Community Center's Fritz Food Pantry to be given out to a family this holiday season.
Capital Square garden provides vegetables for our food pantry.May 25, 2011
Community Groundworks, is planting vegetables for the second year in a small plot along the Capitol Square. Plants harvested from this plot will go in part to the Goodman Community Center's Fritz Food Pantry. Click here for the full article in the Capital Times.
Fundraising event Celebrating Goodman Community Center a Success!May 23, 2011
The Goodman Center celebrated its daily contributions to its community with the event "Goodman 365: Strengthening Lives." Dave Zweifel of The Capital Times featured this event and its touching moments. Click here for the full article.
GCC Baker and Catering Manger Lee Davenport featured in 77 Square.February 9, 2011
Lee Davenport is well known to those who frequent the Ironworks Cafe at the Center; her freshly baked scones and treats draw frequent praise from customers. Lee was recently featured in 77 Square articles discussing the Center and Lee's commitment to strengthening relationships with local farms and slow food groups. You can read the article here and find out more about our Working Class Catering program at this link.
Healthy U Event a Success December 14, 2010
Many Madison residents entered the Goodman Community Center for the first time for our widely-promoted Healthy U Event. In collaboration with the Junior League of Madison, GCC offered activities ranging from felt hat making to knitting to face painting. Over 250 children and their families showed up to engage in healthy living activities.
Read the Wisconsin State Journal's article on the event.
December 14, 2010
Fritz Food Pantry provides healthy choices
The Fritz Food Pantry is making a push to offer a variety of healthy options for neighborhood customers. Partnering with community gardens and block captains, the food pantry and Coordinator Kathy Utley have strengthened its commitment to healthy living and community education. Check out the recent article in the Wisconsin State Journal! To find out more about our food pantry, visit our Food & Meals page.
Students and veggies are growing July 20, 2010 >> On MMSD web site:
Students from East HS along with middle school students enrolled in the Goodman Community Center summer camp program have been working the 1/4 acre vegetable plot this summer. Hundreds of plants started in East HS's green house in late winter were planted this spring yielding abundant crops of broccoli, tomatoes, peppers and more. Much of the fresh produce will be donated to the Goodman Center food pantry. The farm plot is overseen by Megan Cain, who works for Community Ground Works, a partnership project with the Troy Gardens on the north side.
Read more about this program
Feb 10, 2010 >> In the Wisconsin State Journal:
East High Working on Community Farm by Marge Pitts
MEDIAWORKS announces new short film:Feb 11, 2010 >> On YouTube:
A multi-national corporate board (aka bored) meeting goes awry in this silly romp that might remind you of the classic story 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.' Perhaps you've been in meeting much like this one. This project was two months in the making and is an amazing effort by the MEDIAWORKS Thursday group.
The Bored Meeting
Learn more about MEDIAWORKS
Our food pantry shelves are emptying fast
The Goodman Community Center used to serve an average of 400 families a month and now 1,000 is typical. As a result, many pantries like at the Goodman Community Center struggle to keep the shelves stocked.
Given the current economic situation and unemployment on the rise, lower-income families are desperate to stretch their dollars. Visiting a food pantry can help by enabling them to use their money to pay rent and utilities. Many individuals and families of Dane County are not just food insecure but truly going hungry.
Pantries and the thousands of people throughout the county that rely on them need additional help to keep from having to cut services and in some cases close. The Goodman Community Center accepts food donations Monday-Friday from 7:00am-8:00pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am-5:00pm. If Goodman is not close to you, there is a network of pantries throughout Dane County and all of them accept food donations. Please contact the Community Action Coalition at: 608.246.4730 to find the pantry closest to you.
Most needed food: Tuna, beans, shelf-stable milk, juice, canned fruits & vegetables, macaroni & cheese, peanut butter, cereal, infant formula, baby food, diapers, soup (not tomato), rice.
Prefer to make a financial donation? If you'd like to make a donation of money so we can buy food, you can DONATE ONLINE today.
Monty's and Tex Tubb's are helping us fight hunger every month
On the first Tuesday of every month, eat at Monty's or Tex Tubb's Taco Palace East. Why? Well, in addition to the tasty food and great ambiance, the Food Fight Restaurant Group will donate 10% of their food sales that day to our Fritz Food Pantry. Food has been flying off our pantry shelves because so many folks are needing help putting food on their table these days, including many are people who have never needed to shop at a food pantry before.
Join us December 7th!
Why not mark your calendar now, so you don't forget?
If you join in this fight against hunger, let your waitstaff or the management know you think this is great, too.
Monty's Blue Plate Diner
2089 Atwood Avenue
Tex Tubb's Taco Palace EAST
2009 Atwood Avenue
Our beautiful facility has won many awards
The Goodman Community Center, and the folks who designed and built this exceptional new community space, have won the following awards:
For Interior design
Eppstein Uhen Architect's Interior Designer, Gigi Szeklinski, ASID, won top honors at the American Association of Interior Design Awards in February when her interior design for the Goodman Community Center was awarded a 2008 Gold Level Design Award.
Congratulations, Gigi and Eppstein Uhen Architects!
As a Top Building Project
The Wisconsin Builder Magazine's Top Projects Awards committee selected the Vogel Bros. project, The Goodman Community Center, as one of Wisconsin's 2008's Top Projects. The competition was very tough! Over 150 projects were submitted and only 30 were selected as "Top Projects." The Wisconsin Builder magazine will feature the Goodman Community Center project in an upcoming article that will be published to coincide with the Awards Banquet.
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