What can you do to make our towns truly inclusive? Our committees are a great way to meet new people, be active in community life, and use your talent in support of stable integration. There’s a job for every schedule and level of time commitment, from single projects to regular monthly meetings. Join us!
The Schools Committee is at the forefront of efforts to address and eliminate the academic achievement gap as an essential element of our effort to create true integration among and within our schools. The committee works to encourage alliances between the public and private sectors to foster the development of successful educational partnerships among teachers, administrators, parents, students, researchers, business and community organizations. The committee promotes parental involvement and empowerment and works to ensure that students of all races are expected and encouraged to excel in a community that is proud and supportive of our schools.
This committee plans the annual Observance & Volunteer Fair. In addition, this committee conducts interfaith outreach with the religious communities of our towns to engender support and to serve as a vehicle for further communicating our goals.
The Neighborhoods and Civic Life Committee focuses on the development and support of neighborhood associations and specific ways to promote greater participation by all sectors of our community in the general civic life of Maplewood and South Orange. It is primarily responsible for conducting the Civic Engagement Institute–training workshops to develop the local volunteer pool.
The Pro-integrative Financial Incentives Committee explores and develops programs that use a variety of incentives to support pro-integrative real estate activity. The committee oversees the current Home Maintenance Loan Program.
The Marketing Communications Committee develops marketing programs to promote South Orange/Maplewood’s special qualities to potential homebuyers. In addition to identifying target audiences and publications for placing promotional ads, this committee works to develop, write and pitch stories to regional and national press. Within our towns, this committee communicates “good news” stories featuring our residents and schools in local papers. This committee also oversees our website and social media marketing, and serves as the major public communicator for Coalition events, writing press releases and ad campaigns.
Conversations on Race, the Coalition’s annual community forum for getting people talking with one another about race
The Realtor Advisory Group is made up of real estate professionals who work as advisors to the Coalition. In turn, the Coalition sponsors an annual summit with community leaders (e.g., mayors, elected officials, superintendent of schools, police chief) who present on topics of particular interest to realtors.
The Integration through the Arts (ITA) program is a key strategy in achieving our integration mission. We use shared interests in the arts as a catalyst for building relationships between people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds.
XRootsFest (“cross” roots fest)
This day-long multicultural festival in a SOMA park (in 2016 we’ll be at Floods Hill, South Orange) features musicians, dancers, story-tellers, merchants, and food vendors rooted in the cultures of four continents. Committee members develop the program and activities for the day, and more.
This committee plans timely, small-group discussions on issues related to race in local coffee house settings.
The Finance & Development Committee works to raise funds through grants and other funding activities to allow the Coalition to bring high-quality pro-integrative programming to our towns.
The Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research Committee recommends particular methods for assessing the performance and impact of Coalition initiatives. This committee serves to identify baseline data and methods for updating and comparing sales activity, rental activity, housing prices, and the effectiveness of our brokers and marketing programs. New members are always welcome.