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K1 Robots 110711 9 WEBIn-kind donations of food, office and craft supplies, equipment, furniture and other essentials are a huge help. When you donate stuff you always help us stretch our budgets and sometimes, when we can help reuse stuff, we get to keep things from the landfill, too.

Do you have some stuff to donate?

Please check our staff’s current wish list on the tab below to see what’s needed. Help us get it to the right program by labeling your items with the program or staff person’s name who requested it. Wondering about something that’s not on the list? If you would like to donate something that’s not on the list — big or small — please check with us first so we’re sure we can use it. When you bring your items to the Center, you can fill out a receipt for your goods, or our receptionist can help you. Contact Tom Powell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 204-8016.

Want to donate food? Help hungry people in Dane County.

We depend on donations of food to help keep our Fritz Food Pantry shelves stocked. You can drop off any donations on our donation rack, just off the main lobby. If you have a large quantity to deliver, please contact Sam McDaniel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 204-8049 in advance.

Find what’s most needed and lot more information about the pantry here.  

Drop-off hours  Mon.-Thurs. 6am to 9pm • Fri. 6 am to 8pm • Weekends 8:30am-6pm


*PLEASE NOTE: the following wish list items appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of the Eastside News. Please contact Tom Powell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 204-8016 or the program staff person to verify the items are still needed — thanks!

Preschool, Tanya Walker

  • Sweat pants, 3T-5T
  • Waterproof winter mittens, 3T-5T
  • Socks, preschool sizes
  • Small snow shovels for kid use on playground
  • Shorts, kids sizes
  • Washable markers, thick
  • Crib sheets
  • Blankets for napping (not really big ones)
  • Lysol wipes
  • Underwear, new only, sizes 3-4T only

Afterschool, Tanya Walker

  • Waterproof winter gloves
  • Sweat pants, 5T-10 youth
  • Socks, older youth sizes
  • Sleds
  • Shorts, kids sizes
  • Dry-erase markers, new
  • Doll house furniture
  • Food coloring
  • Wireless speakers

Lussier LOFT, Megan Dow

  • Backpacks, gently used
  • Legos
  • Headbands
  • Games: Monopoly (credit card version), Life, Scrabble, Kerplunk, Mancala, Jenga, Phase 10, Uno, Connect 4, Family Feud, Codenames, deck of cards
  • Blankets
  • White twinkle lights
  • iPhone chargers
  • Outlet surge protector strips
  • Universal TV remote
  • Wii games
  • Trendy décor
  • Bean bag chairs
  • Headphones
  • Dry erase markers and Sharpies

Boys Group, Howard Hayes

  • Mural supplies, paint, primer, brushes, air brushes, plywood
  • Tickets to sporting events

FYI-Fit Youth Initiative, Zach Watson

  • Sports equipment (all types of balls)
  • Soccer shoes, indoor and outdoor

Girls Inc., Carrie Breunig

  • Art supplies, Sharpies and watercolors
  • Journals
  • Feminine products
  • Headphones
  • Gift cards to Amazon for books

Girls Inc. of Greater Madison, Pahoua Vang

  • Arts & crafts supplies, canvas, paint, paint brushes, art kits, jewelry kits, markers, colored pencils
  • New white and black T-shirts (adult sizes small to extra large)
  • School supplies scientific/graphing calculators, notebooks, pencils, pens
  • Electronics, projector, Bluetooth speaker
  • Feminine hygiene products, deodorant, lotions
  • Nail care items, nail polish (used and new)
  • Gift cards for youth and families to Barnes and Noble, Target, Walmart, Walgreens, Hy-Vee, Woodman’s
  • Long jump ropes
  • Electric hot plate and griddle
  • Board games, Scrabble, Banana Grams, Sorry, Trouble
  • Storage containers, three-drawer plastic units, clear plastic containers with lids
  • Adult coloring books, stress relief patterns
  • Stress balls, fidgets, other sensory toys
  • Fleece fabric
  • Small makeup bags for making feminine product kits

Gym, Tyrone Cratic

  • Landing mats
  • Baseball gloves and balls
  • Basketballs, new or used
  • Portable tabletop scoreboard for volleyball and basketball
  • Little Tikes toys for toddlers/kids 4 months to 4 years old

Older Adult Programs, Gayle Laszewski

  • Duncan Hines cake mixes and frostings (five of each per flavor of cakes and frostings)
  • Nintendo Wii games, physically active games like Dance Revolution 
  • Keyboard w/foot pedal, good condition with weighted keys (88)

TEENworks, Keith Pollock

  • 2- and 4-quart sauce pots, heavy bottom
  • 10- and 12-inch skillets, heavy bottom
  • pH meter
  • Pint and half-pint canning jars
  • Regular and wide mouth LIDS AND RIMS for Ball jars
  • Mini-cupcake liners
  • Multicolored sharpies 
  • Dry erase markers

All programs

All of our programs desire gift cards to Target, Amazon and Walgreens. If you prefer to give money instead of items, make checks payable to the Goodman Community Center and note which program it is for.

Your in-kind gifts are tax deductible to the full extent of the tax law. Please know that only you and your tax advisor can assign a value to your in-kind gift — the Goodman Community Center cannot. 

Can we give you a receipt for your in-kind donation?

When you bring your items to the Center, we'd love to give you a receipt for your donation. It gives you a record for your taxes and allows us to properly thank you! 

Wondering about the value of your donation?
See IRS Publication 526, or talk with your tax advisor.