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.
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Check In with Letesha: Girls Inc. Edition
Office hours with Goodman CEO / Executive Director Letesha Nelson, is back, taking place on Thursday, March 7, at 11:30am, Letesha will talk about Girls Inc. of Greater Madison and answer your questions. This event will take place on Zoom. Regsiter and we will send you a link to join the meeting.RSVP Today
The Right to Read Documentary Screening
In honor of National Reading Month, the Goodman Center will host a free community event to hightlight the current Reading Crisis our country is facing. Please join us for an informative and engaging night. Free pizza provided by Ian's!Let Us Know You're Coming
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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.Download the Guide
Eastside News Cover Story
Navigating the hunger game
GCC’s kitchen strives to satisfy a multitude of eaters. Meals made in-house are culturally diverse, nutritious — and delicious.
By Ivy Fan, Eastside News
Every day, hundreds of voices float through the halls and rooms of the Goodman Community Center. Parents calling to their children during drop-off for early child care programs. Older adults bantering during a session of euchre. The building’s wooden curves swell with energy — new things to learn, old friends to greet, a rotating schedule of places to be. Quietly, beside all the hubbub, another flurry of orchestrated motion unfolds among stainless steel surfaces. Behind the scenes, this other group works to ensure these activities can happen, preparing for that moment when every voice falls silent, even if just for a second before rising again: mealtime.
GCC serves many of its programs with food made in-house by its own program kitchen. Monday through Friday, a staff of eight get in at 7:30 a.m. to start prepping for the day. Children enrolled in early childhood education programs get breakfast, lunch and a snack; elementary after-school kids eat dinner; middle school students in the Lussier LOFT program eat dinner; and Girls Inc. participants get dinner twice weekly. Older adults can make a reservation and come in for senior lunch. In total, over 300 meals are cooked and served on-site at GCC daily.
9:00 am–11:30 am
New dates added!
4:00 pm–5:30 pm
Join UW med students for dinner and a health presentation.
4:00 pm–5:00 pm
We get by with a little help from our friends!
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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.LEARN MORE
Our community is at its best when we stick together.
The Latest Goodman News
Volunteer Cheryl Smith splits her time between Food Pantry, Senior Meal and Phone PalsRead Story
In 2023, It’s Good For You Pizza opened on North Sherman Avenue featuring pizza made in a wood-fired oven.Read Story
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