5 Easy Ways to Make New Friends in Millburn-Short Hills NJ

Relocating to a new area can be daunting, but building a local support system is a great way to acclimate to a new area. If you've recently relocated to the Millburn–Short Hills area, welcome! We're thrilled to have you become part of the community. Whether you prefer to connect online or in person, several local websites and organizations will help you get your bearings and thrive. Here are a few of our favorites.

Newcomers & Neighbors of Short Hills & Millburn

This beloved group has been welcoming, connecting and informing Short Hills and Millburn residents for nearly 50 years. Launched as a nonprofit social club in 1973, it's a fantastic organization for cultivating new friendships whether you've been in the area for minutes or decades. Member volunteers organize events and activities for residents of all ages, including meet and greet coffee dates, neighborhood playgroups, social gatherings, weekly poker nights, community outreach events, wine tastings, ladies' nights out, book clubs, walking groups and much more. Kids will enjoy splash parties, fall family days, bingo, art classes, reading groups and opportunities to volunteer throughout the community. Newcomers & Neighbors of Short Hills & Millburn truly is one of the best ways to quickly get involved in the community.

School Organizations

Parent-teacher organizations are ideal for parents and guardians who want to become involved in their children's schools while meeting local families, teachers and administrators. To connect with the PTO of a Millburn-Short Hills area school, simply Google the school's name and "PTO" to find the group's website. The Millburn Education Foundation is another option for participating in the local school system. This nonprofit supports students and schools through grants, private sector relationships and donations. Their active calendar of events, including concerts, film festivals and socials, is ideal for meeting like-minded parents and educators.

Volunteer Opportunities

Make friends while giving back by joining one of the many volunteer organizations in the Millburn-Short Hills area. Down the Block is a nonprofit addressing the financial needs of Township neighbors through short-term assistance. MEND for Millburn is an interfaith network of over 20 member food pantries and food banks throughout Essex County. Bridges Outreach in Summit is popular with area residents for its efforts in distributing school supplies, toiletry kits, food, clothing and meals to those in need.

Houses of Worship

There are dozens of churches, synagogues and other religious and spiritual organizations throughout Millburn and Short Hills. Head to Google to find your closest house of worship to attend weekly services or learn more about their events and volunteer opportunities.

Book Clubs

Book clubs are a great, no-pressure way to connect with fellow readers who share your interests. Throughout the Milburn and Short Hills area, you'll find dozens of private and public book groups. The Friends of the Millburn Library hosts a Fireside Book Club which offers monthly club meetings. To connect with private book groups, try posting to the Happy Millburn, Patch and NextDoor sites below.

Fitness Studios

Meet friends while getting fit at one of Millburn-Short Hills' many boutique fitness studios or gyms. Some local favorites include Pure Barre for ballet-inspired workouts, the SoulCycle indoor cycling studio, Orangetheory total body HIIT group fitness classes or check out the new Cyclebar (Coming Soon) in downtown Millburn.

Happy Millburn

Happy Millburn is a Facebook group of Township residents dedicated to enhancing and reinforcing our vibrant community. Members encourage solution-oriented discourse that promotes positive outcomes for all participants while fostering inclusivity. Happy Millburn believes that involved residents are the lifeblood of the community.


NextDoor is a website and app that fosters communication between neighbors. Whether you need a local business recommendation, want to share a community alert or would like to rally a group of neighbors for a morning run, NextDoor can help.


Hyper-local news can be a great way to get your bearings in a new town. Patch is an online news source that will keep you abreast of community updates, weather, traffic, local events, school board announcements, and the site also offers space for neighbor posts and classifieds. Bookmark it today!

By taking advantage of a few of these sites and organizations, you'll feel right at home in the Millburn-Short Hills area in no time! Stay tuned to our blog for more recommendations or to find out more about the surrounding communities throughout New Jersey's Essex, Union and Morris counties.


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