Dear friends and neighbors,

I might be the luckiest person in Madison. Let me tell you why.

Every day, I get to work with a remarkable group of staff and volunteers who inspire me with their dedication and willingness to do whatever it takes to serve the people of our community. When the coronavirus became an imminent threat to Wisconsin and the governor ordered all non-essential workers to stay home, GCC staff from all areas raised their hands to help where we needed them most. Immediately, we had teachers, administrative staff, facilities staff, managers and directors packing bags for our drive-thru food pantry or delivering meals to our neighbors.

In the last week, some of those same staff have shifted gears yet again to bring student and family support online with distance learning classes and virtual office hours.

Our entire team has met every challenge with the level of problem solving and grit that I sometimes take for granted. It is the GCC way, and I know it is exceptional. They are exceptional.
I hope you might take a few minutes to share some words of encouragement with our team by replying to this email. I’ll share every message with them.

Wishing you strength and good health,
Becky Steinhoff, Executive Director

GCC staff and volunteers are on the front lines, packing food pantry bags, delivering meals to families and seniors, supporting students and families through distance learning and so much more. They’re working hard every day, and we’d like to do something nice for them. If you have a minute, please respond to this email with some words of encouragement that will be shared out with staff and volunteers.

Teachers are Back – From a Distance
Distance learning is on, and GCC teachers are getting creative with how they present activities to their students. LOFT staff held their first virtual office hours last week and went live on Instagram with a cooking lesson. Transition Academy and 4K started classes, and Elementary Afterschool posted their first video activity to YouTube. Way to go, teachers!
Elementary after school teacher, Ms. Kaity, shows youth how to make a quick and healthy snack – virtually via YouTube!
Nourishing Our Neighbors
Did you know GCC has been delivering more than 1,000 meals a week to our neighbors for the last FIVE weeks? We’ve added a new location to our delivery route, Carbon and Generations buildings at Union Corners, and expect we could nearly double that number in a short period of time. Big thank you to our kitchen staff and delivery drivers for all the hard work!

Batch Bakehouse for GCC
How about a little kindness with your croissant? Just this week, Batch Bakehouse has made it possible for customers to order bread and cookies for the GCC drive-thru food pantry . Find them under the “Donations” section of their menu. Giving has never tasted so sweet.

The Kids Are All Right
We have been so humbled by the outpouring of love and support from our entire community, but we have to admit, we’re a little extra touched when the support comes from someone so young. Meet Meytal Zimbauer, who donated her own money to help GCC help her community. “I am in third grade and am giving money I have saved so I can help during this time of the virus,” she wrote in a note with her gift. Gestures like these bring hope to these difficult days.

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

Tuesday 9:30 a.m. – noon
Wednesday 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Thursday 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Neighborhood Dinners
The Center is managing a neighborhood meal distribution three days a week.

Wednesday & Thursday – individual dinners
Friday – 2 family-style meals + a pantry bag of groceries

For delivery in Darbo/Worthington and Brentwood neighborhoods:
Call 608-807-4984 or email and tell us:
1. Your address. 2. 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 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 information, including the dinner menu here (scroll to bottom of the page).
Photo credit: Jason Houge
“Y'all are doing a really good thing. I just want y'all to know y'all are really a big help. I know because my family is one of the families that you guys are delivering to. So a BIG THANK YOU TO YOU GUYS. STAY SAFE.” - Margie

It feels as though this all started yesterday, and it also feels like it’s been going on forever. We know you’re feeling the strain as well, and we want to thank you for being here with us through it all. To everyone who was able to give last week, thank you. We couldn’t do this work without your support. To everyone else, thank you as well. We’re stronger and better with you in our corner.

* Consider yourself hugged. *
Information is changing rapidly. Goodman is constantly reassessing how we can help our community. Most up-to-date operations can be found at:
Ironworks: 149 Waubesa Street Brassworks: 214 Waubesa Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53704
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