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Pop Up Dinners

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Tuesday, April 2 » Seatings at 5:30 & 6:30 p.m.
Brassworks Building

Enjoy a 3-course meal planned, prepped and served by Morris Ramen Chef Francesca Hong, Chef Molly Maciejewski of Madison Sourdough along with Goodman TEENworks youth in the new Brassworks building. This Pop Up Dinner supports the Goodman Community Center's TEENworks teen employment program.

First course — Kimchi Tartine with scallion cream cheese, cucumber, microgreens 
Second course — Braised Pork Belly OR Fried Tofu with chilled sesame noodles, smoked carrots, radishes
Third course — Black Sesame Rice Crispie Treat with toasted sesame seeds, togarashi

Purchase Tickets

There are two seatings for the dinner — 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Depending on which seating you choose, please arrive at the seating time and you will be directed to your table shortly there after.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children (10 & under.) Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Questions? Contact Jon Lica, Corporate Giving Manager at or 608.204.8033.

Thanks to: Garden To Be  |  Driftless Organics  |  Ney’s Big Sky|  Madison Sourdough for their support of this dinner.


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A Celebration of International Women's Day

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Thank you for standing in her corner

Please join Girls Inc. girls and staff, women leaders, and Women of Impact for an International Women’s Day event that celebrates the positive influence we have in our community and on each other. You are invited to learn about Girls Inc., meet girls and other women and exchange stories about important connections, role models and friends who have shaped who you are today. We hope you can celebrate with us!

Tuesday, March 8

Goodman Community Center •  Evjue Community Room
149 Waubesa Street • Madison, 53704

We welcome you to invite friends. Simply tell us how many will attend.

Kindly RSVP to Anitra Hovelson at or 608-204-8016.


This event is generously sponsored by

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Holiday Gifts

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The Holiday Gift Sponsorship Program helps families of the Goodman Community Center's youth programs provide holiday gifts for their children. You, your family, organization or business can help provide gifts to over 500 children and youth in our preschool, 4K, elementary afterschool, middle and high school programs.

Here's how it works

Goodman Community Center families complete "wish lists" for their children under the age of 12. Children from 12-18 will receive gift certificates. You may choose to sponsor as many children as you wish. You can also choose to shop for a child of a certain age gender if you have a shopping preference. Children wish for popular new toys, and old favorites -- and often needed clothes.

To be assigned a child or a family, contact Tanya Walker on or after Friday, Nov. 3. All gifts should be brought unwrapped to the office at the Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa Street, by Friday, Dec. 8.

Want to make a financial gift?

It's easy to donate online. Simply tell us it's for holiday gift cards in the notes section. You can also submit a check by mail or at the front desk of the Center. We appreciate any amount you can give.

Holiday Gift Coordinator: Tanya Walker, or 204-8034.

Thanksgiving Baskets



2018 Thanksgiving Basket Drive

For the past 30 years, GCC’s Thanksgiving Basket Drive has become a tradition, with many long-serving staff, volunteers and their children returning year after year. It takes a village, that's for certain. We have over 3,500 families registered for Thanksgiving Baskets this year — that's 21,000 Dane County residents (including nearly 10,000 children!) who are counting on us for a holiday dinner. We urgently need donations of food or money to buy food in bulk. Let's give all families in our community a Thanksgiving they'll want to remember. Read below to see how you can help.

Thanks to our partners:

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Thanksgiving Grocery Countdown!

Below is a current list of what's still needed to fill 3,500 Thanksgiving Baskets for Dane County residents. Updated Nov. 19 at 5 p.m.




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Give Money

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Your financial gift helps us purchase turkeys and perishable items such as milk, eggs and butter. Money also helps us buy in bulk at discounted rates —  effectively making a dollar stretch much further. To give, simply click the button below and note "Thanksgiving Baskets" in the giving preferences line. Let TurkeyED do the heavy lifting in the turkey shopping — simply make a gift of $25+ and note "TurkeyED." 

Give Now

Give Food

Could you help feed 3,500 Dane County families by hosting a food drive? We'd love to know about your drive so we can properly thank you — please fill out the food drive form below.

We have the following materials available to help make your food drive a sucess: 8.5x11 flyer  |  11x17 poster  |  grocery list (3-up)  |  tips handout

Please download the files, print and distribute! If you'd rather pick up printed materials at the Center, you can note that in the food drive form.

Food Drive Form

Delivering the Food

We can receive donations at any time, but if you are delivering a large quantity of food from a food drive, it helps if you can deliver it directly to our gym so we don’t have to move it again.

The gym will be open for donation drop-offs Wed., Nov. 14 through Mon., Nov. 19 (the earlier, the better)

Give Your Time

It takes a lot of volunteers to make Thanksgiving Baskets a success — we’d love to have you join us. Volunteers are needed for numerous tasks to ensure we can fill every basket. Click the links below to be directed to a webpage with more information about the roles, as well as the opportunity to sign up.

Offsite Registration Pick-ups from schools and neighborhood centers  |  Bilingual Support (Spanish/Hmong)

Grocery Store Turkey Drive at Pick N Save – Monona Dr.  |  Grocery Store Turkey Drive at Metro Market – Cottage Grove Rd.

Thank you for any way you can help!


Our Thanksgiving Basket Drive has currently registered more than 3,500 families. We are no longer accepting new registrations.


Nuestra campaña de las canastas del Día de Acción de Gracias ha inscrito más de 3.500 familias. Ya no estamos aceptando nuevos registros.

How do I get my basket?

If you registered for a Thanksgiving Basket, you will receive a postcard in the mail. Postcards will arrive the week before basket pickup. You must bring this postcard with you to pick up your basket. Baskets will be picked up Saturday, November 17 through Monday, November 19. For more information, refer to the Frequently Asked Questions document at the link below.

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If you have questions about the Thanksgiving Basket program, please contact Sam McDaniel at or 608-204-8049.

A Night Out for Goodman

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Update Friday, June 9 at 5:15 p.m:

We still have tickets for sale! You can purchase them at the Goodman Community Center's front desk reception area when you arrive at the event!

Beer and Chocolate Tasting Benefit

Friday, June 9 from 6-10 p.m.

A Night Out For Goodman, our fourth annual beer and chocolate tasting benefit, will feature a funky band, great Wisconsin breweries and local chocolatiers in addition to a photo booth by Beyond the Booth, and donate-to-play carnival games. Money raised from this event helped strengthen the programs and services at the Goodman Community Center. Eating good chocolate, drinking good beer and listening to good music never did so much good! Super funky Minneapolis band Jaedyn James & The Hunger will bring funky tunes to our outdoor tent.

This event provides a commemorative pint glass, brochure, great brews and many bites of delicious chocolate. 

Tickets are $47 and can be purchased the day-of at thr event!

For more information about the event or to inquire about event sponsorship, contact Jon Lica at or call 608-204-8049.

Reflecting on the loss of a young black man who mattered to us

Today we learned Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne's office came out with its report announcing that Officer Matt Kenny will not face criminal charges in the March 6 shooting of 19-year-old Tony Robinson on Madison's east side.

Since the shooting of Tony Robinson, a local youth of color who was a part of our Goodman family, our staff and board have struggled with the many unanswerable questions and differing points of view, but we all agree -- we need to be united around erasing racial disparities that plague our city, county and our country.

This tragedy shines a harsh light on the undeniable racial disparities in our community, raising questions about its insidious effects. As a community we are still mourning this loss. Out of this period of mixed and painful emotions we recognize the need to heal individually and collectively. It is our hope that as a result of this tragedy we will improve our ability to address injustice and disparities to better serve the needs of all of our community members.

Our entire community has work to do. It is urgent and important that we all step up the pace of our engagement, conversations and actions to ensure not only that we never have a tragedy like this in Madison again, but that our community becomes a place where people of color are respected and valued -- as everyone deserves to be.

So, ultimately, we are all being called to action:

Arthur Morgan, who has worked with youth at Goodman for 22 years, watched Tony "Terrell" Robinson grow up, and later had him in program at Goodman. He would tell you, "The things in the media about his past are not accurately portrayed. I don't know anyone who didn't get into trouble at his age. Terrell would give you the shirt off of his back if you needed it and then ask if you needed his shoes. He always made us laugh. He had a way of making you smile on your worst day! The mental picture that I will keep in my mind for the rest of my life is Terrell and his big, 6-foot frame sitting on the floor of my parents' house playing a video game with my daughter, Olivia. To her, he was always simply her, big fun guy.' We miss him. His life mattered."

Goodman Community Center has always played a role in creating equity in the lives of our young people. We strive to create an environment where choices, mistakes and struggles are met with opportunities to talk, learn and grow. In light of this tragedy, our staff and board are exploring how we can make equity a more intentional priority rather than a desired byproduct of our programs.

Rightfully, this incident triggered deep pain and suffering in people across our community -- people of all ages and races. Cornel West, activist and thought leader on race, gender and class, reminds us, "You must let suffering speak if you want to hear the truth."

Let's honor the people who are genuinely suffering and listen to hear their truth. Even when it makes us uncomfortable. There is room for all of us to learn something here. And as we know better, let's do better. Our work won't be done until people of color throughout Dane County say it is. Let's start today.


The board and staff at the Goodman Community Center

We strengthen lives and secure futures. (With our community's help.)

Download the PDF of our statement.

Women of Worthington featuring in Wisconsin State Journal
Seed to Table program receives grants money and a visit from the mayor

A grant from the Wisconsin Beverage Association has expanded the Goodman Community Center's Seed to Table program, aimed at helping at-risk students embrace healthy, balanced and active lifestyles Madison, WI

Something big has been cooking at the Goodman Community Center, and it just got even bigger thanks to a grant from the Wisconsin Beverage Association and its member companies Coca-Cola Refreshments, Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Pepsi-Cola of Madison, and the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America (ABFHA).

In the Goodman Community Center's Seed to Table program, students earn academic credits through a hands-on urban agriculture and culinary arts curriculum. Now, thanks to our Wisconsin Beverage partners and the ABFHA, the curriculum will expand so students can explore possible career paths; learn to cook and enjoy a broader range of foods, including fruits and vegetables; and grow and market their own food products. They also will get more active -- biking, walking and gardening -- to help foster behaviors and attitudes that will help them lead balanced, healthy and active lifestyles into adulthood. And, as they acquire these skills, they will help teach younger children at the Goodman Community Center.

Goodman Community Center Director receives Women of Distinction award

BECKY STEINHOFFExecutive Director Becky Steinhoff recently received the Women of Distinction award from the YWCA of Madison. Women of Distinction are honored for their community service, professional achievement, integrity, leadership, and dedication to the lives of others and to the quality of life for all stand as a reflection of the YWCA's historic mission and values.  

An awards luncheon will take place on May 23 at 11:30 a.m. Other 2013 Women of Distinction include Betty Banks, Andreal Davis, Tehmina Islam, Salli Martyniak, and Mona Adams Winston. Learn more about these inspiring leaders.Visit the YWCA Women of Distinction webpage for more information about this award.

Eliminating food waste to feed more people

TW GCC Pies for ThanksgivingThe Goodman Community Center was featured in Madison Magazine this month for its Seed to Table teen program. Our staff partners with farms and coalitions to make sure ingredients are distributed to families or used for community meals. In November, Vermont Valley Community Farm had a major surplus of squash and wanted to know if we could use them. With this donation, we baked over 500 squash pies as part of our 2,000 family Thanksgiving Basket distribution.

Read the complete article here.

Goodman Center hopes to feed 2,000 families
TEENworks Little Library featured in documentary
Goodman STEM program reducing the achievement gap

Neil Heinen of Channel 3000 says of the COMET program, "It's smart, it's healthy and we think it's part of the future of public education. And we're proud of this community for doing it. Watch the full segment.

Mark Seeley of the Wisconsin State Journal features the COMET program, a community center-based collaborative science program for elementary aged kids.

"Where does the water that flows from our faucets come from? And where does it go after it swirls down the drain?

Such simple questions, sort of like, "Why is the sky blue?"


They are the types of questions that will fuel a new effort to bring the study of science to students at six of Madison's community centers.


Read the complete COMET article from the Wisconsin State Journal.

COMET Program Launched for Elementary-aged Students
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GCC teachers learning how to implement teaching techniques with the properties of water and ice.

Six Madison community centers, Edgewood College and the University of Wisconsin launch the COMETS Program. Join us for the program launch of this collaborative program for elementary aged students aimed at reducing the achievement gap in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Madison, WI Sept. 13, 2012 Thanks to a three year, $330,000 grant from the Madison Community Foundation, a collaboration of six community centers (Bridge Lake Point, East Madison, Goodman, Kennedy Heights, Lussier, and Vera Court are launching an exciting new STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) program led by the University of Wisconsin and Edgewood College. Creating Opportunity in Math, Engineering, Technology and Science (COMETS) will provide 400 unduplicated youth and 350 parents with 450 fun and engaging STEM sessions.

COMETS Program Launch
Monday Sept. 17, 2012 at 2 p.m.
East Madison Community Center
8 Straubel Court Madison, WI 53704

"Our children deserve all possible opportunities to help them be active learners, fulfilled individuals, and successful professionals. The COMETS program is such an opportunity. The Madison Community Foundation is proud to be a partner in this effort with the community center collaborative, UW-Madison, and Edgewood College," said Amy Overby, Vice President of Donor Relations.

In all of the efforts to address the achievement gap, the fact that we are working with children sometimes seems to get lost in the noise of curricula, standards, and educational models. School programs are put under tremendous pressure to tutor, test, and drill which can minimize the time available for the basic building block of learning, the joy of discovery. Research is showing that interest in a science, enjoyment of it, and belief in one's own ability are critical if children are going to pursue science-related education and careers. All you have to do is spend five minutes in a community center afterschool program, and you will be quickly reminded that learning can be fun.

The project aims to reduce the MMSD achievement gap of low income children and children of color. The six partnering centers will offer a consistent and significant dosage of fun and engaging science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming to predominantly low-income children in second to fifth grades. Program components include:

  1. University of Wisconsin ARMS volunteers will lead STEM clubs at each Center
  2. UW will provide center staff with intensive professional development opportunities and will create 50 science learning sessions and a science activity manual and videos for staff
  3. Expose children to the world of science, technology, engineering and math through regular STEM related field trips
  4. Engage parents by offering 12 parent activities organized by Edgewood College
  5. Organize a center wide Science Symposium hosted at Edgewood College.

"This is a truly innovative and collaborative project. We are excited to be able to lead a program that is most certain to impact the interest and understanding in STEM related fields of so many young people in our Madison Community," Shaheen Sutterwala, UW-Madison Institute for Biology Education.

Arthur Morgan, MERIT facilitator, featured in the Wisconsin State Journal
Canning and Freezing project "leading the charge" among food pantries

TEENworks Canning jarsThe Goodman Community Center wants to offer healthy food options year-round to food pantry costumers. Nora Hertel of Madison Commons reports on our mission to preserve food from local gardens and food resources. Please click here for the complete article.

For more information on our teen vocational job-training program, visit our TEENworks page.

Goodman Teacher writes for Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine
Goodman Community Center and Hy-Vee Partner to Raise Turkeys Donations

"Buy a Ham, Get a Turkey Free"
This year due to budget constraints, the Goodman Community Center will not be receiving donated turkeys from the CAC (Community Action Coalition). Hy-Vee is currently promoting "buy a ham, get a free turkey" and volunteers for the Fritz Food Pantry will be at Hy-Vee on Saturday, November 5th from 10 AM to 3 PM asking Hy-Vee customers to donate their free turkey to the Goodman Community Center's Fritz Food Pantry to be given out to a family this holiday season.

"This is a win/win for the community, Hy-Vee and our families in need this Thanksgiving season", says, Kathy Utley, Food Security Coordinator for the Fritz Food Pantry. "We would like to thank Hy-Vee and our volunteers for this opportunity to provide 1,000 families a full Thanksgiving Basket."

Those interested in donating food or money (to purchase turkeys and fresh foods) can call 241.1574 x249.