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We will be closed for Thanksgiving Nov. 24-25, including fitness center, events and all programming. Our food pantry will be closed this week, Nov. 22-24.

Goodman Community Center

Our Thanksgiving Basket Drive is back! Help us provide Thanksgiving groceries for 4,000 Dane County families, or register for a basket yourself.

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“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.

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Community Chat with Letesha Nelson: Women Leading the Way

Our third Love and Legacy event will take the form of a community chat on Dec. 7 at 7:30am with Goodman CEO Letesha Nelson and 5 Madison area women leading their respective nonprofits. Discussions will center current challenges, solutions and accountability.

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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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Louie, Houja and Malyki (l-r) are some of the youths who have discovered the opportunities they have at Goodman.

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They're Becoming

Goodman makes sure middle schoolers have company along the way

Often when we invite you to support Goodman, we tell you stories of a youth who has had big challenges and how Goodman staff have helped them change for the better. There are lots of those stories.

But I keep thinking about this community of middle school kids our staff has nurtured and I think, “These middle school students are accomplishing something adults often fail at.”

Granted, they aren’t perfect, and all the kids are at different points in their growing, but they’re all taking advantage of the opportunities they have at Goodman (which your gifts make possible!). They are practicing how to break goals down into achievable pieces, becoming open and thoughtful, and learning that asking for help doesn’t show weakness — it’s a strength.

But I want to give you a sense of how special this community of kids is.

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Weekly Fundamentals: Movement with Meyer Course

Nov 27, 2022
3:30 pm–5:00 pm

Fencing fundamentals and the historical context of the 16th century.


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Free-Weight Strength (Morning - multiple sessions)

Nov 28, 2022
6:00 am–8:45 am

Fitness, Group Fitness Classes

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Free-Weight Strength (Evening)

Nov 28, 2022
5:30 pm–6:15 pm

Fitness, Group Fitness Classes

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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

Press Release: Goodman Center needs help meeting unprecedented Thanksgiving need

November 16, 2022

With less than a week to go and more families registered than ever before, GCC is calling on the community to help push them over the finish line

Press Release, Thanksgiving

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From the Desk of Letesha Nelson

November 10, 2022

We start packing Thanksgiving bags in one week, and we need your help!

Letesha Letters, Letesha Nelson

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GCC provides a variety of home-cooked food for its programs

November 10, 2022

Participants in Goodman's programs are fortunate to have high-quality meals prepared on-site.

Eastside News Stories, At the Center

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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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