The Madison Community House (MCH) is a service and recreational facility owned, operated, and maintained by the G.F.W.C. Thursday Morning Club (TMC). It is the only Federated Women’s Club in the country to have this distinction. It was built in 1924 with a bequest from Mary B. Cash, a club member, eighteen years after the Thursday Morning Club embarked on a mission of service and aid to the community. Sources of funding include: program and user fees; fundraising activities; donations from TMC Club members, local grants, community groups and the Borough of Madison; and hundreds of volunteers donating time and talent.
In the past, in response to the needs of the community, the TMC/MCH has initiated and been a home for many services. They include: the first district nurse, a health clinic and “Baby Keep Well Station” (prelude to the current Madison Health Department); the first supervised town playground – now Dodge Field; morning kindergarten – now part of the public school system; a thrift shop – now the Independent Thrift Shop; an employment agency and counseling service during the Depression; Friends of the Madison Public Library – now an independent organization; The Madison Shade Tree Commission; and “Time Out”, a respite daycare center for adults which became part of Family Service of Morris County.
Currently House-sponsored programs include a Pre School for 3 & 4 year olds, Before and After School Child Care (BASCC), Reading Enrichment Program, after school enrichment classes (cooking, arts and crafts, singing and dancing), the Charter for Cub Pack #124 and meeting space for many scouting groups. In addition, the House provides meeting rooms for numerous non-profit and civic organizations and housing for Dress for Success, Northern NJ – 10 Counties
The TMC offers the gym, social rooms, and two kitchens for meetings, luncheons, receptions, and other special events at a minimal cost. The House is open daily. The Thursday Morning Club and Madison Community House continue to serve Madison and surrounding community with this vital community center.