SAMUEL FIELD YM & YWHA INC dba Commonpoint Queens

Community happens here

aka Commonpoint Queens   |   Little Neck, NY   |


Mission--to sustain and enhance the quality of family and individual life for all members of their community regardless of religion, ethnic or cultural background, national origin, gender, sexual identity or sexual preference, age, or disability, within a pervasive and inclusive environment that facilitates individual growth, meets individual needs and builds community. In 2018 the Samuel Field Y and the Central Queens Y officially merged and became Commonpoint Queens. The merger expanded our reach, to meet the evolving needs of our borough, and to more effectively reinforce that we are a “commonpoint” for the diverse populations of Queens to come together.

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Chief Executive Offiver

Danielle Ellman

Main address

58-20 Little Neck Pkwy

Little Neck, NY 11362 USA

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NTEE code info


Youth Development Programs (O50)

Community Mental Health Center (F32)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Early Childhood Services

The early childhood center at the Samuel Field Y is designed for children ages two through age 5 and their families. Our center is accredited by the New York State Board of Regents, Education Department of the University of the State of New York and licensed by the New York City Department of  Heath.  We offer nursery, not quite nursery, universal pre-k and activity groups.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Our youth department provides a full range of programs, activities, clubs, groups and special events for children in kindergarten through 8th grade and their families. Through project based learning, children grow and develop as positive, capable individuals while learning important interpersonal skills, social responsibility and values in a supportive group environment.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

We offer a wide range of programs and services for children having special needs. These include an after school program, summer camp, summer respite, weekday recreation programs for pre-schoolers with disabilities, work readiness programs, sports and social skills groups. In addition, we offer specialty summer camps for the deaf and hearing impaired.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Our older adult services include a comprehensive senior center with dynamic programming for adults over 60. As part of this program, we offer a high quality Alzheimer's family respite program and an early stage dementia program.

Population(s) Served

Our Community Advisory Program for the Elderly (CAPE) is a New York State licensed outpatient mental health clinic for Queens residents aged 50 and over and their families. Individual, group and family therapy, psychiatric evaluations and medication monitoring for both clinic and homebound elderly are available.  Additionally, we offer community mental health services and screenings throughout the borough.   The CAPE mental health facility also houses a center for family and domestic violence where trained professionals and volunteer advocates offer emergency services and counseling for victims of domestic violence.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Family relationships, Social and economic status, Work status and occupations

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

From infants to seniors, 61,000+ people come to Commonpoint Queens each year. To learn more, visit

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our organization’s ultimate goal in terms of impact is to serve the people of Queens by addressing the ever-changing needs of our borough’s residents. Since our inception almost 60 years ago, we have been adept at creating, changing, and updating our programs and services to best address the needs of our city’s most vulnerable populations.

Our award-winning programs include early childhood and teen services, after school and camp activities, services for children and adults with special needs, older adult services, physical education, and recreation, mental health services, high school and college success, employment assistance, internship placement, single-parent support, vocational training, ESOL and HSE classes, and more.

Because Queens is a geographic area that is dense and multicultural, Commonpoint Queens strives to be a welcoming and inclusive place for people of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses, and ability levels to find supportive services and health and wellness resources. Our tagline “Community Happens Here” defines and promotes this philosophy.

Commonpoint Queens continually innovates and adapts to meet the changing needs and challenges of our community.

Commonpoint Queens is a trusted resource for members of the community serving more than 67,000 people annually. Our reputation allows us to build strategic partnerships with leaders throughout the community. These include but are not limited to other social services agencies, media, politicians, and business leaders. Our strong and wide-reaching network allows us to provide expert, high-quality services and build partnerships to broaden our reach, enhance outcomes, and expand our ability to serve the people of Queens.

Our award-winning programs have received international recognition as we successfully serve people of all ages and stages of life, and at all ability levels. We have done so with success, but there is always work to be done. We continue to monitor our ability to be nimble in continuing to address the ever-changing needs of our community.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Commonpoint Queens is dedicated to sustaining and enhancing the quality of individual, family and communal life throughout Queens, through services to people of all ages, ability levels, stages of life and backgrounds.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We now provide bilingual vocational training, added additional languages to our food pantry's digital choice app, and hired professionals with proficiency in a wide range of languages to meet the needs of clients.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We are committed to meeting people where they are and asking feedback empowers our program participants to get the support they need.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,


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SAMUEL FIELD YM & YWHA INC dba Commonpoint Queens

Board of directors
as of 03/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Lawrence Gottlieb

Board co-chair

Mr. Richard Tanenbaum

Tanenbaum and Associates

Term: 1989 -

Donald Ashkenase

Michael Bizenov

Mady Caslow

Ingrid Fishman

David Fried

Renee Krieger

Howard Mann

Judy Sonkin

Robert Winning

Andrea Resnick

Betsy Perlman

Lee Perlman

Gregory Tanenbaum

Ellen Grossman

Leo Genn

Paul Millman

Eric Lastres

Stacy Hoffman

Ina Kupferberg

Jackie Marcus

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/22/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/07/2022

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.