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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.

Backpack & School Supply Drive

We want to provide school supplies for hundreds of kids this year. And we need YOUR help.

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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

Eastside News Editor Dave Link (left) and Goodman Community Center President and Executive Director Letesha Nelson stand outside Ironworks reading issues of Eastside News.

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A tradition that began 100 years ago

Hyper-local journalism keeps neighbors and residents connected

By Dave Link, Eastside News

When you think about it, having hyper-local journalism exist for 100 years is an amazing thing. I mean Eastside News doesn’t pretend that it’s in the same league as the regional “big boys” — Wisconsin State Journal, Cap Times or even Isthmus — but for a neighborhood to have its own media outlet to keep neighbors and residents connected, that is simply amazing.

The legacy of Eastside News is long, as it should be for an entity with a 100-year history, but the common thread running through it is the commitment by a handful of people to keep the east side engaged. Even when the original East Side News went defunct, others brought it back, and it continues to thrive — with the help of volunteers and no full-time staff dedicated to its production.

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

Jul 23, 2024
9:00 am–11:30 am

New dates added!


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Older Adult Walking Group

Jul 23, 2024
1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Get your walk on with UW Badger Volunteers.

Older Adult Fitness

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Older Adult Walking Group

Jul 25, 2024
1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Get your walk on with UW Badger Volunteers.

Older Adult Fitness

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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

Program Staff Spotlight: Older Adults

July 19, 2024

Get to know our mighty Older Adult Program duo: Abby and Gayle!

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Volunteer Spotlight: Ellen Millar

July 19, 2024

Older adult data entry and volunteer yoga instructor for "Easy Yoga Plus!"

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The modern east side takes shape in the 1950s

July 18, 2024

Browsing through East Side News, one gets the sense that this is when “modern times” begins.

Eastside News Stories, Eastside News Centennial

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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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