Dear friends and neighbors,

This week feels like a good time to take a breath.

Don’t be mistaken, the work the Center has been doing these last eight weeks is still happening. Meals are being delivered. The food pantry is humming with activity Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Our program staff are connecting with and supporting students, families and seniors every day.

We’ve accomplished so much in this unprecedented time. You’ve accomplished so much. Your support has made our work possible.

So perhaps just take a moment. Think about all that you’ve done to care for yourself, your family, your neighbors. And know that I am thankful to have each one of you in GCC’s corner.

Please be safe and be well,

Becky
Becky Steinhoff, Executive Director
OUR PARTNERS

Last Chance! Order from Everly
GCC Week at Everly comes to a close today! Thank you to everyone who came out to support the Center, and thank you to Everly and Food Fight for such a generous event. There’s still time to order. Let Everly take care of your dinner tonight.

Place your delivery or curbside pick-up order via EatStreet or call 608-416-5242. For delivery to all of Madison, Middleton, Fitchburg, Verona, or Monona, visit Everly's website and click “Green Cab Delivery.
Girls Inc. participants chat with Sheridan Blanford, UW Athletics Director of Inclusion & Engagement and a featured speaker at the Girls Inc. Celebration of International Women's Day on March 10. Photo credit:   ilana natasha photography
PROGRAM UPDATES

Connecting with Girls through Girls Inc.
Girls Inc., when operating business as usual, creates a safe space for girls build skills that make them Strong, Smart and Bold. As you know, right now is anything but business as usual. Our Girls Inc. of Greater Madison instructors have risen to the challenge. Here is a sampling of the ways they are connecting and engaging with the girls they work with:

  • Weekly discussions about topics directly affecting our girls
  • A weekly Girls Inc. newsletter with activities the girls can complete at home
  • Virtual writing workshops and virtual book clubs
  • Weekly documentary watch parties and weekly virtual games
Keeping Kids & Families Active
Fit Youth Initiative (FYI) works to educate kids and families on living a healthy lifestyle. In the wake of the coronavirus, this team has taken their efforts to Google Classrooms, where they are hosting activities related to soccer, basketball, family fitness and teen employment. Four instructors are leading 5 classrooms and serving 75 students every week, all in an effort to keep kids and families healthy and active.
OUR PARTNERS

Goodman Youth Grow Local Farm
Last week, GCC received a donation of beautiful spring garlic for the food pantry and Jerusalem artichokes for roasting and preservation. Thanks to the Goodman Youth Grow Local Farm , Travus Maloney and all involved!
The Generosity of Neighbors
A big thank you to Nutkrack, who has always been a generous supporter of the Goodman Center and who is now donating $1 from every online sale and $1 from every delivery to GCC. If you haven’t tried their Firecracker chili-spiked candied pecans, now’s a great time. Pro tip: You might want to get two cans right away. Thank you, Nutkrack!
Food Drive with Pick ’n Save & iHeartRadio
Pick ’n Save and iHeartRadio have teamed up to host a food drive to benefit GCC! Drop food off or shop at any Madison-area Pick ’n Save through Tuesday, May 19. Shopping through pick-up and still want to donate? Add items for donation to your order, and add “donate” in the special instructions for each item. The pick-up associate will confirm your donation during pick-up.
FOOD OPERATIONS

Drive-Thru Food Pantry
Tues. 9:30 a.m. – noon. Wed. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Thurs. 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

All are welcome – no need to call ahead. Food is distributed in the Ironworks building parking lot, 149 Waubesa Street, Madison.

Neighborhood Dinners
The Center is managing a neighborhood meal distribution three days a week. Wed. & Thurs. individual dinners Fri. two family-style meals + pantry bag

For delivery in Darbo/Worthington and Brentwood neighborhoods:
Contact Sara at 608-807-4984 or email sara@goodmancenter.org and tell her your address AND how many meals you’d like. We’ll knock or ring your doorbell between 3:30-4:30 p.m. as we leave the meal on your doorstep.

For delivery to Carbon & Generations @ Union Corners :
Contact Fran Augustine at 608-242-4400 or email faugustine@gormanusa.com and tell her h ow many meals you’d like. Meals will be delivered between  3:30-4:30 p.m.  to the community room, labeled for you.

Sign up once, then you’ll continue receiving meals weekly. Contact Sara or Fran to cancel. More info, including the menu here (scroll to bottom of the page).
“I know you are offering a tremendous service to as many families as you can, and I'm so thankful there are people such as yourself and your team helping those of us kind of stuck at this difficult time. I hope you and yours are safe and well, and keep up the amazing work you do for so many, not just now but all the time. - Community member

The Safer at Home order has been in effect for just shy of two months, and there is hope on the horizon. Thank you for being with us through all of this. It’s not over, but the Center continues to serve the most vulnerable in our community. Your support and generosity help us continue this vital work: MAKE A GIFT NOW

* Consider yourself hugged. *
We are constantly reassessing how we can help our community. goodmancenter.org/corona
GOODMAN COMMUNITY CENTER
Ironworks: 149 Waubesa Street Brassworks: 214 Waubesa Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53704
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