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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 nearly 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.

Eastside News Cover Story

GCC instituted an internal minimum wage of $20 an hour for all adult employees. Based off what is considered a living wage in Dane County, Goodman employees now have more financial security.

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The Pursuit of Happiness

Goodman Community Center provides employees a living wage

By Jacob Link, Eastside News

The Goodman Community Center is doing something unprecedented in the Madison area — paying its employees based off a living wage instead of a minimum one — which adjusts the wages of its employees so that they have more financial security while working in the nonprofit sector.

All staff who were being paid less than $20 an hour received an increase to at least $20 an hour. Staff up to and including assistant directors who were already making $20 an hour also received a wage adjustment to address wage compression.

“It’s time to take care of the people who take care of our community,” GCC Executive Director and CEO Letesha Nelson said. “The work (GCC staff) do every day to help this community is important, and we should always be lifting them up. We always talk about taking care of the community, but (staff) are our first community, literally.”

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50+ Computer Tech Assistance (Fridays)

Sep 22, 2023
11:30 am–12:30 pm

Tech assistance is now by appointment only!

Older Adults

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Euchre for Older Adults

Sep 22, 2023
1:00 pm–3:30 pm

Older Adults

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Movement & Improvisation Practice

Sep 24, 2023
11:45 am–12:45 pm

A free modern dance class for any mover (Ages 15+).


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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

Volunteer Spotlight: Elise Cowley

September 15, 2023

Get to know Elise Cowley, one of our weekly Older Adult lunch volunteers!


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Naomi Wetzel, a Scout from Troop 747, leans on the Goodman Community Center's Little Free Library.

Eagle Scout project will fix Goodman’s Little Free Library

September 15, 2023

Little Free Libraries have become beloved. The one at GCC will be fixed up and the community can help by adding books to the library.

Eastside News Stories, Neighborhood News, Teens, At the Center

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From the Desk of Letesha Nelson

September 14, 2023

September is Hunger Action Month

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

Letesha Nelson

CEO/Executive Director
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