IFB Beat – Week of April 25 2022

News to Know

It’s Time to Celebrate!

This year’s Employee Awards Celebration will be held the first week of May at all locations on the manufacturing floor. We will honor this year’s award winners, including years of service awards, and a free lunch from Chick-Fil-A will be offered to all employees. Please put a note on your calendar!
• Little Rock: May 4 at 8:30am
• Winston-Salem: May 4 at 11:00am
• Asheville: May 5 at 11:00am


Winston-Salem Facility – Parking on Wednesday, April 27

On Wednesday, 4/27 IFB will welcome a variety of board members, donors and friends of IFB for a special dedication ceremony in the Community Low Vision Center. If you have questions related to the event, please connect with Ksenia Richards, x5655 or Seth Anderson, 336-908-0925.

The Winston-Salem Community Low Vision Center will be named for Ronald G. Sherrill following a generous gift by his family and friends following his passing last year. You’ll notice signage updates over the next few days that reflect this new name. This gift will help expand low vision services in the Triad.


Steps to S.E.E. Update!

Only one week left! Keep walking to send more kids to S.E.E. camps! Our S.E.E. students from North Carolina have already walked over 200 miles and will get even further! Support them in any way you can here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/SEE2022

Thanks to our fundraisers and all the event sponsors, we have already raised over $28,000 to send kids to S.E.E. camps! THANK YOU!”


Programs and Services

Adult Support Group Meetings:

• Monday, April 25 Guide Dog support group meeting from 12:00-12:45 in TADS Room.
• Tuesday, April 26 Glaucoma support group meeting from 12:00-12:45 in TADS Room.
• Thursday, April 28 Blind Ambitions support group meeting from 12:00-12:45 in TADS Room.


Community Low Vision Center

CLVC Item of the Week:

Small and Large Black and White Cutting Boards – $16.95 and $24.95
This heavyweight, durable cutting board will be of service for many years to come. Don’t confuse this one with flimsy versions sold elsewhere. This heavy-duty white board reverses to black and is so solid in construction we guarantee it for life!

Polyboard is odorless, sanitary, unbreakable, and resists scratching. Won’t dull knives. The built-in handle lets you carry it from counter to table to stove. Every kitchen should have one.

The Low Vision center is a one stop shop! While you are purchasing a Cutting Board check out a set of safe, durable nylon kitchen knives!

CLVC April item of the month:

Oven Mitts – From $4.95 and up
Protect your hands! With the best multi-purpose kitchen mitt available. Choose safety first. Avoid painful and costly burns.

If you are interested in purchasing Low Vision Equipment through our Loan Program (3rd Party), please contact a Low Vision Coordinator for assistance.

Insider Corner

We need your help!

Have some interesting information to share or topic you would like to see in the Insider Corner? Whether it is your favorite podcast, website, or article that caught your attention, send to Faith Harding at fharding@ifbsolutions.org and we will post it!

Community Connections

Accessible Voting in North Carolina, May 2022 Primary Elections

AVAILABLE NOW All one-stop early voting sites and schedules for the May 2022 statewide primary. Find location details here: https://www.ncsbe.gov/voting/vote-early-person#sites

North Carolina voters who are visually impaired have several ways to vote; however, many of these methods rely on the voter getting help from a family member, nursing facility staff, or even election workers. These approaches do not allow for the voter to vote privately and independently. This is of fundamental importance to most voters.

Previously, the exception to this is the in-person use of a special ballot marking device (one example is the AutoMARK machine). There are a number of issues with these machines, chief among them the need to get to the polling place to vote in person.

As of the 2020 election, North Carolina visually impaired voters can request and vote an absentee ballot online independently and privately without the need to get to the polls in person. This article aims to aid in the publicizing of the online accessible absentee ballot choice and gives guidance on learning how to take advantage of this capability.

A very good overview of the process for voting using the accessible ballot is https://www.ncsbe.gov/voting/help-voters-disabilities/accessible-absentee-voting. The “How It Works” section will walk you through the process of requesting, accessing, marking, and returning the accessible absentee ballot. Note that the web pages and forms are all compatible with screen readers and allow for entering signatures digitally. Also note that (as for anyone voting absentee) you must have two witnesses that sign (or type) attesting that they have witnessed you marking your ballot and verify your identity. They are not to see how you vote.

You can practice locating, marking, and returning a demo ballot at any time through the N.C. Absentee Demo Ballot Portal at https://votebymail.ncsbe.gov/demo/app/home.

Much more information about the voting options for voters with disabilities, including help for those in care facilities, curbside voting, requesting ballots in alternative formats like large print, etc. can be found at https://ncsbe.gov/voting/help-voters-disabilities. If you are blind or visually impaired and need aid with any aspect of voting, please first contact your county board of elections. If you are not familiar with your county’s board of election, you may find them using https://vt.ncsbe.gov/BOEInfo/. You may also contact the ADA Coordinator, at ADACoordinator@ncsbe.gov, (919) 805-1302, 6400 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-6400


We are HeRe for you!

Did you know that helping others also helps you? Studies show that helping others including coworkers can help you live longer, make you happier, and helps one with feeling a sense of self-satisfaction! While at work, see how you can help out your peers. It may be something simple, but it may make someone else’s day 🙂. Another way you can help others is by volunteering to be a mentor for new hires! Being a mentor means assisting new hires with learning about IFB Solutions, the community, and being a friend! If you’re interested, please contact Haleigh Yarboro at 5635.

Just a friendly reminder!

The Winston Salem location has a $250 referral bonus program for any current employee that refers a blind or visually impaired candidate or sighted/temporary candidate to IFB.
Please contact HR for referral bonus program criteria. Associates at other locations should ask your HR Manager or supervisor for the specific programs available at your location.

Job Announcements

Customer Service Representative – JMS & Associates

Education and work experience:
• Associates degree in medical related field preferred
• 2-3 years experience in medical insurance billing required
• 2-3 years call center experience required

External candidates may apply at
Internal candidates may apply at


Production Assistant T-Shirt Department – Winston-Salem Facility

Education and work experience:
• High School diploma or GED
• Three or more years of production experience
• Sewing experience would be beneficial

Internal candidates may apply at


Quality Auditor – Winston-Salem Facility

Education and work experience:
• High School graduate or equivalent
• 1-3 years previous Quality Inspection experience preferred

Internal candidates may apply at


BSC Store Clerk- FERC

Education and work experience:
• High School Diploma
• No prior experience required

External candidates may apply at
Internal candidates may apply at

For more information

Please contact Brent Burkholder at 336-245-5611 or bburkholder@ifbsolutions.org.


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