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

  • Thanks to Papillon 25 for Helping Us Raise Funds!Aug 24th 2016

    Yanick Ranieri of Papillon 25 generously hosted a dinner fundraiser for us. More than 60 people enjoyed a wonderful and great music…

  • Join Our Board of Trustees!Aug 12th 2016

    Looking for an opportunity to give back to your community? Willing to work with a diverse group of your neighbors? Join us!

  • New Coffee House Discussion August 31stAug 4th 2016

    The #NotinourTwoTowns Dialogue Continues. Join us in a safe and relaxed coffee house setting for informal table discussions led by youth activists Movement with a Purpose.

  • SOMa Residents Speak Out at #NotinourTwoTowns EventJul 24th 2016

    The SOMa community gathered to address concerns about racial violence in the nation. This powerful evening of questions, observations, and calls for action was headed by Movement with a Purpose and the SOMa Clergy Association, along with the townships of South Orange and Maplewood and the Coalition on Race, all under the banner of #NotinourTwoTowns.

  • We Stand Against ViolenceJul 18th 2016

    Just as we continue to abhor the killings of black people by police, we also deplore violence against police in any form, including the deliberate killings of police officers in Baton Rouge and Dallas. We encourage engagement and empathy, and stand against violence as a means toward change. The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race […]