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East Madison Community CenterEast Madison Community Center
The East Madison Community Center has been established to promote educational, recreational and community activities for all citizens of its service area. EMCC strives to enhance the opportunities of as many individuals and groups as possible, with t... Read more
The East Madison Community Center has been established to promote educational, recreational and community activities for all citizens of its service area. EMCC strives to enhance the opportunities of as many individuals and groups as possible, with the assistance of public and private funds, and with the support of paid and volunteer staff.
EMCC was formed in 1966 out of a community need to help expand activities for area youth and adults.
The Center began in humble quarters in a small apartment, initially providing youth with structured activities and adults with a neighborhood-based meeting facility. Word of the Center soon spread throughout the community.
Today, after providing community services for more than three decades, EMCC has evolved into a thriving multi-service center at 8 Straubel Court. The Center provides social, educational, recreational, and cultural programming for the east side community with a small paid staff and 250 volunteers EMCC continues to grow in response to what is important to families on Madison's east side. By providing support and technical assistance, EMCC plays a crucial role in helping residents connect with resources necessary to help enhance the quality of life for individuals as well as the community in general. EMCC's Educational Enrichment Center building expansion in 1977 added vital new space and services for children and adults, the Preschool Enrichment Program, computer lab, family resource services and other program opportunities. The 2008 Wellness and Multi-purpose building expansion added a full-size gym, large multi-purpose room with a stage and a full-size kitchen. EMCC can now offer Wellness programs for all ages, a performing arts venue and cooking facilities for large-scale community events.
East Madison Community Center is a great place to volunteer. The staff are friendly and supportive and the center and the gardens and land around it are nice. There are all kinds of activities going on that involve all kinds of people, so you can surely find somewhere to fit in.
The best thing to me though, is that almost all the services they offer are free. Lots of other community centers in town charge for things, but East Madison Community Center is free. They also offer a food pantry twice a month and have some food to give away most of the time. After volunteering, I always leave happy, knowing that my time there would make a difference.