Dear friends and neighbors,

It’s hard to believe we’re halfway through summer!

There are a lot of unknowns coming up in the next few weeks, a lot of challenges that need solutions. Our staff are working hard on answering those questions and coming up with a plan for fall, particularly for our school-age kids and teens. We’ll keep you posted on those plans as they develop.

One of the unknowns we know we can solve for right now is providing essential supplies to families who need them. That’s why we’re bringing our Hunger Heroes campaign back in a supersized form. You can learn more about those efforts and how you can get involved later in this email.

In the meantime, I hope you’re taking advantage of this beautiful Madison summer while keeping you, your family and your neighbors safe. Here at the Goodman Center, we appreciate every last one of you.

Please be safe, be well and take care of each other,

Becky Steinhoff, Executive Director
Be a Hunger SUPER Hero!
Have you ever wanted to be a superhero? Now's your chance. GCC is bringing back Hunger Heroes, and it's our biggest year yet. This upcoming school year brings with it a lot of stress and uncertainty for our entire community. Now, imagine adding worry about how you're going to feed your family or provide them with the basic necessities to that list.
That's where the new Hunger SUPER Heroes comes in. We're collecting food, school supplies and personal care items for more than 300 families to ensure they have everything they need start the new school year.
For 2 epic days, we'll be setting up our drive-thru food pantry to receive donations from the community:

Saturday & Sunday, Aug. 1st & 2nd
9am - 1pm
GCC Ironworks building: 149 Waubesa St.
Want to help but don't have time to shop? Make a financial gift online, and we'll shop for you!
Together we can make life just a little easier for our neighbors who need it.

Staying Cool in Preschool
It’s been a hot one this summer! And the littlest among our summer campers are keeping cool in the GCC splash pad. Every class has taken advantage of this fun water feature, and in all that fun, they’re learning a whole bunch too. Through water play, they learn fine-motor skills through actions like pouring, squirting, scrubbing, stirring and squeezing. Science and mat  h come into play by introducing the kids to terms like full, empty, half and less. And, they’re measuring, comparing volumes and observing motions. Who says learning can’t be fun?
Active Fun + Gardening
Our high school youth are out and active this summer! Program teen s have been bike riding through Madison’s maze of bike trails, thanks to a donation of 20 bicycles from Dream Bikes. They’re also in the garden harvesting garlic, cabbage, broccoli, peas and kohlrabi. That bountiful harvest can’t happen without a little TLC, so the teens are also planting new crops, watering the plants and weeding and mulching to keep the gardens growing strong. And what to do with the veggies they grow? Time to cook of course. Teens have made breads with zucchini, rhubarb and carrots from the GCC gardens.
We’ve completed two full weeks of required masks on anyone age 5 and older in our buildings, and our kids are handling it like absolute champs! Big thank you to our teachers and families for making this new rule go so smoothly!
Virtual Bingo
The GCC Older Adult Program has added a fun to event to their calendar: virtual Bingo! The game started this week, and will be held every Monday from 1pm to 2pm. We’re lucky to have our two dedicated volunteer Bingo callers return to GCC to provide this event. If you’re 50+ and interested in joining, contact Gayle at or 608-204-8032.

The Most Delicious Fish
Look at these beautiful dishes, made with fish donated to our food pantry by Sitka Salmon Shares! One of our pantry patrons shared these photos of salmon burgers and seasoned cod filets they made with this generous donation. Sitka Salmon Shares donated 400 pounds of delicious and sustainably harvested fish , including albacore tuna, pacific cod, king salmon and ground salmon.
Thank you Sitka Salmon Shares! Novel proteins like this are so appreciated by your neighbors.

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

If your family lives in Darbo/Worthington, Brentwood or the Carbon apartment homes at Union Corners and would like to sign up for this service, please visit our website for more information (scroll to the bottom of the page). 
We're so grateful for all the meaningful and impactful work the Goodman Center does all the time, every day within our community.  ”   - Tracy & Brad

As you can see, even in the midst of the coronavirus, the Goodman Community Center is active and busy – just in new ways. We’re able to continue to do this work because of you. Thank you for your kindness, your generosity and your uncompromising support. And, as always…

* Consider yourself hugged. *
We are constantly reassessing how we can help our community.
Ironworks: 149 Waubesa Street Brassworks: 214 Waubesa Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53704
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