Why Integration?

Our vision is to achieve and sustain the benefits of a thriving, racially integrated and truly inclusive community that serves as a model for the nation.

Many communities are diverse; few are integrated. Diversity may find people of different races and ethnicities living near each other, but integration finds them living with each other—interacting, forming friendships, participating fully in the community’s economic, political, civic, and cultural life. Read More...

South Orange/Maplewood Video

Two Towns, One Community

South Orange and Maplewood are…
    • adjoining suburbs with tree-lined streets and good schools
    • 29 minutes from NYC by train
    • full of parks and recreation
    • arts and culture destinations
    • graced by historic buildings and homes
    • one community where everyone is welcome!

What people find here is a small town feel with the conveniences and cachet of cosmopolitan living. There are 17 beautiful parks with ball fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, jogging paths, great sledding, and each town has a community pool. Both towns border the South Mountain Reservation—a 2020 acre preserve with hiking and biking trails. Residents refer to the down-towns of South Orange and Maplewood each quaintly as 'The Village.' Take the train to either of 'The Villages' to visit our wonderful stores, restaurants, arts centers, and take a walk through our neighborhoods to see the range and beauty of our homes!

News & Events

  • Celebrating Integration: Many Voices-One CommunityOct 5th 2016

    We’re celebrating 20 years! Join us for dinner, dancing, and an auction to raise funds while we honor all the chairs and directors over the life of the Coalition on Race.

  • Schools Committee Sponsors BOE Candidates’ ForumOct 4th 2016

    The Schools Committee is presenting its 9th annual forum for candidates for the Board of Education on Tuesday evening, October 25, 2016 at 7:00 PM in the South Orange Middle School Library, 70 North Ridgewood Road, South Orange, Second Floor.

  • 15th Annual Preschool Open HouseSep 6th 2016

    Visit with over 20 area preschools and childcare agencies in one setting. Plus, get advice from a school district educator about what to look for when choosing a preschool to meet your child’s needs.

  • Job Posting – Office AdministratorSep 5th 2016

    We’re looking for a new office administrator–6 hours per week. Bookkeeping skills and knowledge of Quickbooks needed.