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Join us on April 27 as we celebrate kindness in our community through an evening of storytelling.

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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.

Let's Cook Together: Cooking Demo for Ages 50+

In-person cooking event! Learn more about our older adult program's Let’s Cook Together program and try a new recipe. UW Medical Students will demonstrate how to make Vegetable Pad Thai followed by a presentation on how to get the most nutrients for your dollar.

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Eastside News Cover Story

Learning to Lead

No matter which Girls Inc. programs a young person participates in, they often start saying things like, “I’m a girl and really proud of it.”

By Letesha Nelson

The first day Jade Koenigs, Girls Inc. manager, met the sixth through ninth grade students who signed up for the Girls Inc. Adventure Camp last summer, she asked a simple question, “Who thinks they are a leader?”

Only one girl raised her hand. You’d think that would be a concern, but Jade wasn’t worried. She knew those 17 campers sitting on their hands would soon discover just how strong, smart and bold they can be.

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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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Goodman is Going Balloon Free

Help us be a more sustainable center.

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Body Boot Camp (Morning - multiple sessions)

Mar 22, 2023
6:00 am–8:45 am

Fitness, Group Fitness Classes

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50+ Wellness Warriors

Mar 22, 2023
3:00 pm–4:00 pm

We get by with a little help from our friends!

Older Adults

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Let's Cook Together: In-person Cooking Demo

Mar 22, 2023
4:00 pm–5:30 pm

Our older adult program is making Vegetable Pad Thai and learning smart grocery shopping techniques.

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

Teens from Goodman Community Center's Lussier LOFT head south to visit HBCUs.

Lussier LOFT teens headed to HBCUs for spring break

March 21, 2023

Teens will explore institutions and take in the history and culture of the South

Lussier LOFT High School, Eastside News Stories, Teens

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Goodman Center board of directors announces estate plan matching gift

March 20, 2023

The match is part of the center’s Love & Legacy campaign, which is funded by a grant from the Madison Community Foundation

Press Release

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Girls Inc. of Greater Madison: Meet Olivia, age 15

March 20, 2023

Olivia is a typical Girls Inc. of Greater Madison girl, and she's anything but ordinary.

Girls Inc. of Greater Madison

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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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