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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.

50+ Meet & Greet

Join us for a fun and casual gathering with music, dancing, appetizers, beer, wine and door prizes!

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How to Start Planning Your Estate — Love & Legacy Event

At this legacy-building workshop, you'll get an overview of estate planning and the foundation for building a successful plan, presented by Michelle Behnke.

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Serious About Play

Social emotional learning gives little ones at Goodman a solid foundation for learning and life

By Kristin Groth, Eastside News

After visiting Ms. Judy and Miss Patience’s room with 10 busy 3- and 4-year-olds at Goodman, you would never make the mistake of thinking early childhood education is “babysitting.” Oh no. They are in the business of teaching children how to learn. And it’s a successful business.

When Abby started at Goodman, she was a tornado of emotions, sweeping everything off shelves and running out of the room screaming. But with calm and consistency, our teachers gave her language and tools to manage her emotions. Before long, she felt safe, settled in, and was ready to play.

Judy, who has taught for 40 years, explained, "We focus on recognizing and managing emotions so they’re ready for cognitive learning in 4K. Right now, they’re learning how to play cooperatively, to find solutions to problems and to be independent. They learn it all through play."

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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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Free-Weight Strength (Morning - multiple sessions)

Jan 30, 2023
6:00 am–8:45 am

Fitness, Group Fitness Classes

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Free-Weight Strength (Evening)

Jan 30, 2023
5:30 pm–6:15 pm

Fitness, Group Fitness Classes

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Boxing Class (Morning - multiple sessions)

Jan 31, 2023
6:00 am–8:45 am

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

At the Diane Endres Ballweg Gallery in February

January 23, 2023

Painter Paulina Ivanova's favorite inspirational subjects are abstract forms and energies and the natural world as a whole.

Eastside News Stories, At the Center, Ballweg Gallery

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From the Desk of Letesha Nelson

January 19, 2023

Thinking about MLK and what we're doing for others.

Letesha Letters, Letesha Nelson

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Girls Inc. looks to reduce stigmas associated with periods

January 18, 2023

The East High club address the lack of products in school's bathrooms.

Girls Inc. of Greater Madison, Eastside News Stories

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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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