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Goodman Community Center

We strengthen lives and secure futures – with your help!

The Goodman Center has been here for our community for 70 years, and with you in our corner, we'll be around for another 70 (and then some!). We serve people ages 3 to 103 with our children and youth programs, older adult activities and meals, food pantry, fitness center, event spaces and more. Take a look around and see what we're all about, and then get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

TGIF (The Girls Inc. Friends) Camp

Join Girls Inc. of Greater Madison for a fun day packed with creative and educational activities in a pro-girl environment. All girl-identifying and nonbinary youth grades 3rd to 8th are welcome.

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Charitable Giving Guide

There are a multitude of ways to give to nonprofits like the Goodman Community Center – so many it can be hard to keep them all straight! We've created a handy Charitable Giving Guide that you can print and keep in your records for a quick reference when you're considering the best way to give.

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Eastside News Cover Story

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Food need is on the rise at Goodman Community Center

Food insecurity is at an all-time high — and getting higher

By Amie Hoag, Eastside News

On a rainy Tuesday morning, the Goodman Community Center food pantry was as busy as ever. A few customers lined up outside despite the rain, and by the time the doors opened at 9 a.m., there were already more than 50 numbers handed out.

On this particular Tuesday, the pantry served more than 100 households, a number that would have been shockingly high only four years ago. Today, it’s the average. The number of visits was up 123% from 2021 to 2023. Number of people served was up 139% in the same time period. This equates to a little more than 17,000 people served in 2021 versus more than 41,000 served in 2023. If the trend continues, the Goodman pantry will serve more than 60,000 people this year.

Though inflation has slowed, the consumer price index, which measures the change in market prices over time, remains 20% higher than it was pre-pandemic. For people across Dane County, that means prioritizing what bills get paid and what essentials they may have to do without.

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Goodman Menders: A Free Mending Service (4th Tuesdays)

Jun 25, 2024
9:00 am–11:30 am

New dates added!


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Older Adult Walking Group

Jun 25, 2024
1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Get your walk on with UW Badger Volunteers.

Older Adult Fitness

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Wellness Warriors

Jun 25, 2024
3:00 pm–4:00 pm

We get by with a little help from our friends!

Older Adults

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Host Your Event with Us!

Large or small, casual or dressed up – our hospitality team is ready to help you make your event one to remember.


Better Together

Our community is at its best when we stick together.

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The Latest Goodman News

From the Desk of Letesha Nelson: June 20, 2024

June 20, 2024

Have pride in yourself and your place at Goodman.

Letesha Letters, Letesha Nelson

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Dean Proctor's front yard with installations featuring historical information.

Lakeland Avenue resident has a trove of info in yard

June 12, 2024

Dean Proctor has created an installation in front of his house offering historical documents that paints a picture of what life used to be like in the neighborhood.

Eastside News Stories, Neighborhood News

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Spotlight on two graduating Goodman teens

June 6, 2024

A pair of high schoolers, Madison La Follette’s Kiara Lillie and Madison East’s Lydia Olson, who have been longtime, dedicated participants graduate June 8

Lussier LOFT High School, Eastside News Stories, TEENworks, Teens

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For more information about the Goodman Community Center, or if you just want to get in touch, contact:

Letesha Nelson

President & Executive Director
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