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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.

Community Chat with Letesha Nelson: DEI at Goodman

Join DeVon Wilson and Goodman Center CEO Letesha Nelson as we discuss diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility and belonging at Goodman.

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TGIF Camp: The Girls Inc. Family Camp

Join Girls Inc. of Greater Madison for a fun day packed with creative and educational activities in a pro-girl environment.

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Eastside News Cover Story

Goodman After School

Giving elementary school kids tools to safely navigate — and enjoy! — our big, beautiful, complicated world.

By August Halbach and Amie Hoag, Eastside News

How do you sum up a Goodman elementary teacher? Someone who knows how to meet every kid where they are, wherever they are, every day. As soon as each kid steps food on the bus that will take them to Goodman, they've entered their GCC family space.

For the kindergarteners in Maddie Fagerland's Orange House, they know they'll soon be giggling, drawing and begging to see Ms. Maddi's collection of Pokémon cards. In Red Room, Nicole Wetzel and Deng Kuot set positive intentions with their kiddos before they step foot in the door. And in Teal, Emily Heimlich and her students embrace opportunities for empathy.

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Euchre for Older Adults

Jun 9, 2023
1:00 pm–3:30 pm

Older Adults

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Easy Yoga Plus (In-person)

Jun 12, 2023
1:30 pm–3:00 pm

The popular pre-pandemic program returns to Goodman with a new technique!

Older Adult Fitness

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Humanities in the Community Lecture Series

Jun 12, 2023
6:00 pm–8:00 pm

Community lecture series. New topics each month presented by UW-Madison or Madison College professors and instructors.

Older Adults, Community

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Nikki N Photography

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

Two high school seniors who are in Goodman programming will graduate June 9. Read their profile.

Spotlight on two graduating Goodman teens

June 7, 2023

A pair of high schoolers, Madison East's Greta Craemer-Meihsner and Madison La Follette's Thomas Tatus, who have been longtime, dedicated participants graduate June 9.

Lussier LOFT High School, Eastside News Stories, TEENworks, Teens

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"Altered Worlds" - At the Ballweg Gallery in June 2023

June 1, 2023

Gail McCoy's June exhibit features intricate collages made from altered paper.

Eastside News Stories, At the Center, Ballweg Gallery

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Zippy Lube makes specialty doughnuts.

Zippy Lube’s food will make you race to the north side for fried chicken and doughnuts

May 31, 2023

Former auto garage now serves fresh coffee and doughnuts, as well as hand-breaded chicken.

Eastside News Stories, Neighborhood News

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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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