The Junior Order supports numerous charities, but the most significant support since inception of the Order has been to support children.
In the late 1890ís the Junior Order purchased Riverview Park and farmland in Tiffin , Ohio .† The Order built a National Orphanage, which received its first child in 1897. † The Home began accepting a memberís orphan children.† In 1910 the census reported 272 children, and at one time the Home accommodated as many as 1,100 children.
In 1929 the Order built a second home and it continues to serve Junior Order members as needed.† The Home also accepts children from all over NC, and operates today as the American Childrenís Home.† The first building was constructed at a cost of $100,000.† NC Memberís contributed $2 each to raise the required funds.† With a decline in population at the Tiffin Home the remaining children from Tiffin , Ohio were transferred to the Lexington , North Carolina Home in 1948, and the land was sold to the state of Ohio for use as a state hospital.
In 1968 Ohio returned 2 parcels of land to the city of Tiffin for building a park to honor the Junior Order and children raised in the Home.† The park is located at the intersection of Huss Street and River Road in Tiffin .
The decline in population was due to the passage of the Social Security Act. † With survivor benefits paid by social security, children of a deceased member were able to remain with their family without the need of custodial care.
The American Childrenís Home campus consists of more than a dozen structures.† It is interesting to note that the campus driveway is laid out in the shape of the Liberty Bell symbolizing the principles of freedom, which we hold so dear.
Lupus Foundation, Cerebral Palsy, Scholarships
State and local councils support many valuable and worthwhile charities as well as various†community projects.† Several are the Lupus Foundation, Cerebral Palsy, and local and regional college scholarship programs.