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Goodman Community Center

We strengthen lives and secure futures – with your help!

“In these trying times, we really appreciate all the help our community is getting from Goodman. Y'all have always been there!”

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.

Backpack & School Supply Drive

All kids deserve a great start to the school year. Help us provide 200 local children and youth with school supplies.

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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 families enjoy Family Fun Nights

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GCC Keeps On Dreaming

Goodman Community Center initiatives include family engagement, college and career readiness, DEI.

When Letesha Nelson joined the Goodman Community Center in January 2021 as CEO and executive director, she came in with one mission in mind: learn as much about this organization as she could, as quickly as she could.

Nelson sat down with every staff member to learn about their job, what they loved about Goodman and what they thought Goodman could be doing better. She went hands-on, helping organize meal deliveries and sorting food in the pantry. She visited classrooms and got to know students.

Now over a year later, Nelson not only has a great command of how the Goodman Center works to strengthen lives and secure futures in the Madison community, she also has some big plans for the organization’s future.

“Some days it’s overwhelming,” she said at a recent community chat with Goodman board member Dulce Danel. “I get overwhelmed because there’s so much expertise within these two buildings, and so much commitment from our staff to making sure people feel like this is their place and that they have a voice. We need to make sure we use that expertise to its fullest potential.”

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Zumba for Older Adults

Jul 7, 2022
1:00 pm–1:45 pm

Zumba is a dance fitness party that takes the "work" out of workout. Based on Latin American dance rhythms, this class is as fun as it is effective.

Older Adults, Fitness

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Zumba Dance Fitness

Jul 7, 2022
5:55 pm–6:55 pm


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Mindfulness Meditation

Jul 7, 2022
6:00 pm–7:00 pm


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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

Honor GCC's 70 years with Love & Legacy

July 5, 2022

Goodman launches Love & Legacy campaign to strengthen and secure the center’s future by inspiring and documenting 70 planned gifts

Eastside News Stories, Community Stories

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Goodman's Career Closet provides job hunters with a wardrobe.

Goodman's Career Closet supports job seekers

July 1, 2022

GCC offers free clothes and personal care items for employment interviews

Eastside News Stories, Impacts

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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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