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Goodman Community Center

We strengthen lives and secure futures – with your help!

“In these trying times, we really appreciate all the help our community is getting from Goodman. Y'all have always been there!”

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.

Letesha Nelson smiles with a group of Goodman Center preschool students.

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Be the Good, Madison

We need goodness now more than ever. Join us as we spread kindness throughout our community. #BeTheGoodMSN

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Preschool students smile for the camera. In front of them are plates of delicious food prepared by the Goodman Center program kitchen.

Be the Good: Goodman is an Oasis of Kindness

Incivility is a choice. At Goodman, we'll always choose to be an oasis of kindness in the community.

Can we agree it’s a little rough out there? I know it’s not just my imagination. I think we’re seeing our national culture become numb to acts of rudeness and some people seem to be embracing incivility.

Weeks ago, when we had those warm sunny days, I went for a walk and listened to a Hidden Brain podcast. The topic? How rudeness affects us.

And I gotta tell you — they dished up some sobering facts. Shankar Vedantam, the velvet-voiced host of Hidden Brain, interviewed Christine Porath, a behavioral scientist who researches how incivility impacts us.

It does a number on us.

Incivility can hijack your emotions. When someone is rude, your brain becomes flooded with emotions and that makes it hard to process things. Porath refers to it as “the storm inside your brain.” I’ve felt that. Who hasn’t?

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Thursday Food Pantry

May 19, 2022
12:30 pm–1:30 pm


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Zumba for Older Adults

May 19, 2022
1:00 pm–1:45 pm

Zumba is a dance fitness party that takes the "work" out of workout. Based on Latin American dance rhythms, this class is as fun as it is effective.

Older Adults, Fitness

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Mindfulness Meditation

May 19, 2022
6:00 pm–7:00 pm


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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

New sweatshirts for mask with an image designed by PEELD.

Artist Terrence Adeyanju helps create image for Goodman youth program

May 16, 2022

Adeyanju — who creates art under the name PEELD — collaborated with Goodman's boys group MAScK to create a new hoodie for the group his was once a part of.

Lussier LOFT Middle School, Eastside News Stories, Teens, Kids

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Sharing Knowledge to Grow Girls Inc. of Greater Madison

May 13, 2022

GIGM staff had the opportunity to travel to Minnesota to learn more about how other Girls Inc. affiliates operate.

Girls Inc. of Greater Madison

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A Free Little Museum

Free Little Museum ready for viewing along Capital City Path

May 9, 2022

Creator Sarah Stankey plans to have seasonal diorama displays for children and passersby to view. The first exhibit is about pollinators.

Activities for Kids, Eastside News Stories, Neighborhood News, Families, Community Stories, Be the Good

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

Letesha Nelson

CEO/Executive Director
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