Finding Inspiration in Every Turn
The IOP Exchange Club consists of four Programs of Service: Americanism, Child Abuse Prevention, Youth and Scholarships, and Community Service. The Isle of Palms Community Corporation (IOPCC), an approved 501(c)(3) non-profit charity organization, is affiliated with the IOP Exchange Club as it's Foundation arm.
The IOP Law Enforcement Neighborhood Support (LENS) Program is one program of the Community Service Committee of the IOP Exchange Club and part of the IOPCC. The LENS program aims to provide law enforcement with support to strengthen community relations and improve public safety on IOP.
IOP Exchange Club & their
4 Programs of Service
'LENS' is one program of the 'Community Service' pillar
Promotes pride in our country, appreciation for the freedoms granted to American citizens, and gratitude and support to the men and women who served/have served in the Armed Forces. Americanism celebrates the country’s rich, unique heritage and inspires unity from coast to coast. The IOP Exchange Club specifically provides for: homeless veterans, support for suicide prevention, scholarships for veterans, rent assistance and clothing, through various local agencies and hosts veteran groups at the IOP Exchange Club.
Provides for 12 Child Abuse Agencies with financial grants (funded by the IOP Connector Run), financial cash for needs also during the year, volunteers help clean facilities inside and out, Christmas, landscaping and landscaping during the year and volunteer at the various agency fundraisers. Provide child abuse prevention awareness through a Darkness to Light education session.
Provides monetary support to youth sports teams: Sponsored youth baseball, Soccer leagues and Scouts Sunday lunch banquet. Also provides educational support through scholarships to 4 Youth of the Year recipients and 4 ACE recipients. Supported by an Oyster Roast to fund scholarships from it’s proceeds and fund Americanism.
Identifies opportunities within the community and offers assistance to fill gaps in service. Some examples of how the Community Service team supports the community is through support of community events sponsored by the Isle of Palms, the development of the LENS Program, which supports the IOPPD, community and tourists, and support of the East Cooper Community Outreach and local food banks.
Our first responders, whose mission it is to keep others safe while putting their own well-being second, require assistance from time to time like the rest of us. Fortunately, leadership in the city has identified individuals in need of support. Those leaders reached out to The Law Enforcement Neighborhood Support program to step up and help.
A few stories we are proud to share....
1. A member of the IOP Exchange Club encountered a worker at a local business, learned of their homelessness and by shifts-end, funds were approved by LENS and presented to provide temporary housing for a week.
2. A tragic accident occurred resulting in the death of an 11-year-old daughter, devastating the family. Not knowing where to turn, an Isle of Palms family, aware of the situation and aware the crippled family required financial support, contacted the LENS program and received approval to disperse funds within 48 hours.
3. The IOP police department comes to the aid of a visiting island mother who is pregnant, has a two-year-old, has suffered indications of abuse, and needs to find safe shelter. The IOPPD contacts the LENS program and within the first few hours, LENS and the IOPPD partner with a local hotel to provide safe refuge for the mother and child.
4. A philanthropic family heard about the LENS program and offered a 5-year commitment to providing educational awards to IOPPD spouses and dependents. Within 2 months, LENS established a matching program that could total over $150,000 for this purpose over the next five years. Expert education volunteers developed an easy-to-complete application and approval process, and the first award was made to a current college freshman.
Isle of Palms residents have been approached, and without hesitation, have devoted themselves to our cause. They selflessly volunteered to fill positions on our Advisory Board, Selection Panel, Banquet Committee, Endowment Oversight Committee, and active Exchange Club. The LENS program would not be what it is or where it is today without the help it has received from our island community. We are only able to make a difference thanks to driven individuals who share our same values and vision.
A very special thank you to all who are and continue to get involved, and to those whose sacrifice leads to lasting impacts.
Meet The Team
The LENS Advisory Board
Chairman of the LENS Advisory Board
Former Isle of Palms Mayor
Retired Sheriff, Charleston County
Retired CEO of Cummins Foundation
Dimi Matouchev, CFP
LENS Endowment Manager at Edward Jones
Founder of the Kitty Foundation
Pastor at Deep Water Church
Harris Teeter Store Manager
The LENS Selection Panel
This committee provides recommendations on hardship awards
The LENS Whisperer
The LENS Endowment Oversight Committee
This committee oversees where the Endowment funds get allocated
Retired Precious Metals Businessman
The LENS Program Founding Members
"The Fab Fifty"
Randy & Mimi Bell
Brian & Beth Berrigan
Jean Blackwell & Kim Williams
Dan & Barbara Brown
Dick &Marcy Cronin
Patrick & Barby Harrington
Bob & Kathy Heller
Dave & Barb Janssen
Tony & Whitney Jones
Daulton & Harriet Keith
Ted & Anne Kinghorn
Paul & Nancy Newlin Lain
Katherine & Kathy Magruder
Dimi & Brooke Matouchev
Pete & Michelle Page
Scott & Jennie Pierce
Phillip & Laurie Pounds
Keith & Linda Rogerson
Murray & Elizabeth Small
Sandy & Peggy Stone
Jim & Linda Thompson
Mimi & Tom Wood
Acme Lowcountry Kitchen
The Betty Poore Group: