Queens NY, Nov. 27 – After announcing the intent to merge in the Summer of 2016, the Samuel Field Y in Little Neck and the Central Queens Y in Forest Hills merged effective July 1, 2018. Together, these two agencies serve more than 45,000 residents at 52 locations throughout Queens, and in an effort to reflect this synergy, the newly merged agency’s name is now Commonpoint Queens.
Prior to merging, the Samuel Field Y (founded in 1954) and the Central Queens Y (which began serving the borough of Queens in 1973) were jointly managed, working closely together to deliver programs and services to the greater Queens community for almost ten years. As two of the largest social service agencies in Queens, they have offered early childhood programs, summer camps, senior services, mental health resources, support during times of crisis by means of career help and a food pantry, health and wellness programs, and everything in between.
“In just the last year, this merger has allowed us the opportunity to expand our reach, to promote fairness in our neighborhoods, to meet the evolving needs of our borough, and to more effectively reinforce that we are a “commonpoint” for the diverse population of Queens to come together,” said Danielle Ellman, Commonpoint Queens’ CEO.
The formal merger of the agencies has enabled Commonpoint Queens to pool their human capital resources and capabilities. With greater scale, they have been able to advocate for community needs and harness philanthropic resources more effectively and thus, have a greater impact on the communities that they serve. Over the past two years, they’ve added new programs at nearly 20 locations across the borough, increasing their annual client base from 35,000 to nearly 45,000.
“You can be assured that the individuals and families that these two community mainstays serve will not notice any change in the quality of the programs and services currently offered,” said Larry Gottlieb, Commonpoint Queens’ Board Chair. “In fact, Commonpoint Queens will be able to increase the programs and services offered, as we’re continually innovating and responding to the needs of the community.”
Commonpoint Queens will continue the long-standing tradition of hosting their annual Winter Celebrations /Chanukah Festivals, at both Commonpoint Queens’ Central Queens and at Commonpoint Queens’ Sam Field Center, on Sunday, December 9th, from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm.
For more information on Commonpoint Queens, you can visit their website www.commonpointqueens.org, which will be updated in the immediate future to provide answers to frequently asked questions and updates.
More About Commonpoint Queens:
Commonpoint Queens is a social services organization that meets the diverse and evolving needs in the borough of Queens —a place where people of all ages and backgrounds come together to find support, access opportunities, and build connections to the community throughout their lives.
Guided by the Jewish values of service and justice, they were founded to support the local Jewish community, which they continue to do today. As the demographics have evolved over six decades, they have extended their reach in the community across 52 sites in Queens, including the Sam Field Center and Central Queens, where many of their programs are based.
You can come to Commonpoint Queens for early childhood programs, summer camp, senior services, mental health resources, support during times of crisis, health and wellness, and everything in between. You will not only find programs that meet your individual needs, but you will be investing in a community that supports people across the entire borough. Visit CommonpointQueens.org to be a part of their community.