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

  • Register Now for the Civic Engagement Institute!Feb 1st 2016

    Learn how to be a great volunteer and develop skills that are useful in your career, too! The four workshops take place on Saturday mornings–February 20 & 27, March 5 & 12–and are taught by local professionals who will cover issues like time management, skills assessments, group dynamics, and the structures of volunteer and civic organizations.

  • View the Video from the 15th Annual MLK Observance!Jan 27th 2016

    Here’s the video of our Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observance. What an inspiring afternoon and what a wonderful reflection of our community!

  • 15th Annual MLK ObservanceJan 22nd 2016

    The 15th Annual MLK Observance & Volunteer Fair was a wonderful display of our towns’ commitment to integration and inclusion. Thanks to the planning committee (especially co-chairs of the event Shelley Slafkes and Mark Mucci), hosts Congregation Beth El, Voices in Harmony, CHS Special Dance, The Bufford School of Music Faculty Band, all the local […]

  • Luminaries in Honor of Dr. KingJan 22nd 2016

    Hundreds of households lit luminaries in honor of Dr. King’s birthday and as a sign of commitment to his vision of the ‘beloved community.’

  • SOCO 46th Annual MLK CelebrationJan 9th 2016

    ‘Beloved Community’ awards were presented to Dallas Jackson and Steve Latz at this historic annual event.