Programs & Services

The George T. Goodwin Community Center offers a wide variety of social services for the community at large as well as a range of other services directed towards Children and Senior Citizens. (please see our calendar for dates and times)


Food Pantry – is available to help families in the Mars Hill / Decatur Township area.
Tuesdays 1p.m – 3p.m
Bring photo ID and proof of address (mail postmarked within last 30 days that includes your current name & address, lease agreement, etc.)

Our pantry is made possible through the generous donations of the Midwest Food Bank, the students and families of the M.S.D. of Decatur Township, the Camby Meijer's Store, the Decatur Township Democrat Club, the Decatur Township Relay for Life participants and other local community groups. The pantry is stocked and staffed by Donald Sowles, volunteers from the Decatur High School NEST program and by Goodwin Center Silver Eagle volunteers.
For questions or to donate, please contact donald@goodwincenter.org.

Clothing Bank – available to help families in the Mars Hill / Decatur Township area
Monday-Friday 10 a.m. - 3.p.m. (No appointment necessary, walk-ins welcome)

Please drop off your gently used and clean clothing items for the Clothing Bank during business hours when possible. If you are dropping off items during non-business hours, please place them in a sealed container or bag in the alcove to the left of entrance 2 West.

Lending Library – is available to help families in the Mars Hill / Decatur Township area.
Monday-Friday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (No card needed, borrow what you want, when you want, return when finished)

Please drop off your donations of new/used Books, CDs, DVDs or VHS tapes in the media center located at the north end of the building at the BOOK RETURN area.

Senior Active Aging Activities (Silver Eagles Club) – The Goodwin Center offers a wide variety of activities for seniors to stay healthy, active and engaged in our community.
Monday- Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Below is the general description of daily events. Please see the calendar for specific events.

Mondays

9:00 a.m. Coffee and socialization
10:30 a.m. Genealogy Class, Yoga for Beginners - free
11:30 a.m. Lunch provided by Second Helpings
12:30 p.m. Euchre

Tuesdays

9:00 a.m. Coffee and socialization
10:30 a.m. Chair Exercise - for all ability levels
11:30 a.m. Lunch provided by Second Helpings
12:30 p.m. Bingo
1:30 Ceramics Class - free

Wednesdays

9:00 a.m. Coffee and socialization
10:30 a.m. Yoga for Beginners - free
11:30 a.m. Lunch provided by Second Helpings
12:30 Popcorn & a Movie

Thursdays

9:00 a.m. Coffee and socialization
10:30 a.m. Chair Exercise - for all ability levels
11:30 a.m. Lunch provided by Second Helpings
12:30 p.m. Guest Speakers / Education
1:00 Card Bingo

Fridays

9:00 a.m. Coffee and socialization
11:30 a.m. Lunch provided by Second Helpings
3:00 p.m. Field trips

Each weekday, between 9 am-4 pm, seniors participate in a variety of activities designed to keep them healthy, active, and engaged.

Seniors benefit each day from educational programming, a nutritious lunch program, socialization activities, field trips, volunteer opportunities, access to social workers and direct access to food, health insurance, transportation and emergency housing assistance. Wellness activities include exercise classes, nutrition and healthy meal preparation classes (often disease-specific focused [diabetes, heart disease, etc]), Wii games and tournaments. Program activities take place at the Goodwin Community Center.

Additional services and resources have been put in place to increase seniors' abilities to stretch their limited resources and to more successfully navigate complex benefits systems. Increased financial workshops, coaching and free tax preparation services help seniors to practice better money management skills and prepare for the future through budgeting exercises, Medicare benefits education, discussions about long-term care options, tax return education and individual specific concerns.

One-on-one health insurance consultations are provided, and free, monthly on-site health clinics provide seniors a way to monitor their own health and receive referrals to low-cost providers as needed.

Additionally, volunteering is an important program component. Seniors volunteer once each month at Second Helpings, sew quilts for area nursing homes, and have also recently begun to provide valuable "volunteer staffing" for the food pantries at Goodwin Community Center. The Goodwin seniors also participate in intergenerational activities that take place between the seniors and Head Start / elementary / middle school / high school children during school holidays and on special occasions.

THE BENEFIT BANK - Goodwin Center site – The Goodwin Center offers access to the Benefit Bank, a web-based service that simplifies and centralizes the process of applying for many state and federal benefits for low- and moderate-income individuals and families working to overcome poverty and to build long-term financial stability. We can help get you through the confusing, intimidating and time-consuming application processes to help you secure funds and services to which you’re entitled. Volunteers are available to assist with:

  • Tax Filing
  • Voter Registration
  • Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA)
  • Additional Benefits in Specific States
    • Food Assistance
    • Medical Assistance
    • Child Care Subsidy
    • Home Heating & Cooling

Please contact the Goodwin Center at 317.247.5201 for more information or visit http://www.thebenefitbank.org

V.I.T.A. Free Tax Prep - Goodwin Site – Do you need help preparing your income tax returns? Read the information below to see if we can help you through our local VITA, an IRS-sponsored program!

What is VITA? – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) offers free tax help to people who earn less than $49,000. VITA helps working families take advantage of all of the tax credits they are eligible for including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit (CTC) and education credits. Volunteers from the community help prepare basic, current-year tax returns for eligible taxpayers free of charge. Please contact the Goodwin Center at 317.247.5201 for more information or visit http://indyscampaign.org/wp/?page_id=14

EXCEPTIONAL LEARNERS – The Goodwin Center provides an off-site learning experience for Decatur Central High School students. Students receive more individual attention than in a traditional high school setting. For more information about the Exceptional Learners Program, please contact Linda Watkins, Director of Exceptional Learners for the MSD of Decatur Township. Office: 317.856.5265 ext. 11108. Email: lwatkins@msddecatur.k12.in.us


CERAMICS CLASS – Great for everyone from beginners to experts, this class is free and open to the public. Participants will learn a variety of painting techniques such as dry brush, antiquing, under and over-glazing, decals, pouring molds, cleaning greenware and more. Ceramics class is held each Tuesday from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Goodwin Center in the Silver Eagles room.


CHAIR EXERCISE CLASS – Much attention is given to role of exercise as a means to improve the quality of life for a senior adult. This class is accompanied by a beautiful collection of music that seniors will enjoy. The exercise is smooth and rhythmic (without strain). All parts of the body from the chin to the feet are involved with easy-to-follow commands. This free class is offered each Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30-11:30 a.m.


INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS – This class is designed for people who have purchased or are thinking of buying a new computer, beginners who want to learn about computers, or for anyone who would like a refresher on the basics. It is a hands-on class that takes you through the basic skills needed to effectively use your computer. We begin with a basic understanding of the parts of a computer, a review of computer terminology, the correct use of a mouse and the keyboard, and we finish with practice in the use of some of the basic programs and internet/email use. This class is a beginner level class. Please call the Goodwin Center at 317.247.5201 for more information.


GENEALOGY CLASS – This is an introductory class for those wishing to learn about their family history. Having online access at home is helpful. The sessions are free on Mondays starting at 10 a.m. Offered by Paul G. Fox, Goodwin Center member.


LEATHER CLASS – The Goodwin Community Center is host to a group of leather craftsmen & women who are called "The Gathering." This is not a club, but individuals, couples and families who share an interest in working with leather. Projects of interest vary from wallets, purses, belts and leather cases to clothing. Classes will include instruction and completion, with items for competition at local, state and international levels. Several regular attendees are award-winning leather workers. The class is open to experienced leather workers with personal projects as well as beginners interested in learning. Instruction includes selection of leathers, pattern making, carving, tooling, stitching, lacing and assembly. Fellowship is also always a part of the Tuesday evening activities. For more information, please contact Mr. Kim Soladine at the Goodwin Center or call 317.409.1891.


YOGA FOR BEGINNERS – Power Yoga is an active form of yoga that links a flowing sequence of poses together in a dynamic and challenging practice. Power Flexibility Yoga for Beginners synthesizes strength and flexibility to improve coordination and bring the full power of the body together. This energized 20-minute workout will help you create confidence in your everyday life. Yoga is offered each Monday and Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.


Connections

The Goodwin Center can connect you to other services including:

Computer/Career Training
Job Club (Job Search Group)
Bill Paying Help
Money Management Training / Coaching
Free Tax Preparation (January – April)
Food Stamps / Medicaid / TANF / HIP
Free or Low-cost Health Insurance
Energy Assistance

Please call 317.247.5201 for information.


Community Gatherings

The Goodwin Center is a place where community grows, providing a meeting place for:

Decatur Township 4-H
Decatur Township Democrats
Gamma Iota Chapter of Delta Sigma Kappa
Girl Scouts of the USA
Maywood Manor Neighborhood Association