Goodman Community Center | Backpack & School Supply Drive
The Goodman Center and all our programs will also be closed on Monday, July 4. We will reopen with regular hours on Tuesday, July 5.

The start of the school year brings with it excitement and anticipation. However for many families, this time of year also brings added financial stress. That’s where you come in.

Help us fill backpacks with all the supplies kids in grades 4K through high school need to have a successful school year.

Did you know the average American family spent $272 per child on school supplies last year? And costs are up everywhere, so supplies will be even more expensive this year.

We estimate 100 Goodman kids will need help with supplies this year, and every year, we get calls from families in our community asking if we can help them too. This year, we plan to take care of the 100 Goodman kids plus 100 kids from our community. That’s 200 children and youth – and their families – who won’t have to worry about how they’ll pay for the supplies they need.

What better investment can we make as a community than in the education of our young people?

Need help with school supplies for your kids this year?

Register for Supplies Here

We bet you're ready to help. Here are 3 ways you can get involved.

1. Shop our Amazon Wish List.

This is the most up-to-date list of what we need, and when you order, it can be shipped directly to us, making it super easy to help out.

Shop Our Wish List

2. Make a financial gift, and we'll do the shopping for you.

A monetary donation is easy and convenient, and it’ll give us the flexibility to buy the supplies we need the most. Any extra funds will be used to support the great work Goodman is doing for our community every day.

Give Now

Or, mail your check to:

Goodman Community Center
Attn: Backpack Drive
214 Waubesa St.
Madison, WI 53704

3. Make a run to the store and then drop off your donation.

We’ll be hosting a drop-off weekend when we’ll have volunteers on hand to accept and sort donations:

Saturday & Sunday, Aug. 6 & 7
9am-1pm
Goodman Center Ironworks building (149 Waubesa St.)

Follow the signs to the drive-thru drop-off station.

Download a Printable Shopping List

Can’t drop off that weekend? Bring your donation to our Ironworks building before Aug. 12 during our regular operating hours.

Families and kids will be able to shop for their supplies the week of Aug. 22.

We will be in touch with specific days and times when you can pick up.

For more information about our school supply drive contact:

Ashley Rounds

Enrollment and Shares Specialist
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Thank you to our generous sponsors!

This is a big effort, and we can only achieve our goal if everyone pulls together. Thank you to these businesses and organizations for supporting our local families.

For more information about sponsoring our Backpack & School Supply Drive contact:

Jon Lica

Director of Corporate and Community Relations
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