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

  • MLK Observance Event Reminds SOMA Residents to Stand Together and Speak OutJan 19th 2017

    It was a day of solidarity in SOMA, with more than 600 people attending the 16th MLK Observance, hundreds attending the Volunteer Fair, and nearly 600 homes lit with luminaries. Read more…

  • Coalition on Race Statement Regarding Vandalism of the South Orange MenorahJan 2nd 2017

    Over the holidays an incident of random vandalism by a young person resulted in direct damage to the South Orange Menorah display. The Community Coalition on Race would like to encourage parents to speak to their young people about the importance of respecting the property of others and especially that of respecting religious symbols. It […]

  • Civic Engagement Institute 2017Dec 1st 2016

    Register now for the 2017 Civic Engagement Institute and learn how to be an effective volunteer for the causes you care about. Read more here for details about this session beginning on February 11th.

  • #DisruptRacism: 10 Ways to Disrupt the Cycle of RacismNov 9th 2016

    How is America going to thrive at a time when discrimination and racism are tearing the country apart? If Americans want to stop the cycle of racism, they must come together to talk about race and find solutions.