IFB Beat – Week of February 6, 2023

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News to Know
February is Low Vision Awareness Month
Meet our New Hires
Year-End Tax Forms Information
The Winston-Salem Fitness Center is Now Open!
Save the Date: IFB Solutions Golf Tournament is June 22

Programs and Services
Winston-Salem S.E.E. Programs Fundraiser – Braille Messages for Valentine’s Day!
Winston-Salem IFB Dart Team
SEE what S.E.E. is Doing!
Adult Support Group Meetings

Community Low Vision Centers
CLVC Item of the Week
CLVC Item of the Month

Insider Corner

Community Connections

HR and Opportunities – Job Postings

Support Group Zoom Meeting Links

News to Know

February is Low Vision Awareness Month

Millions of people in the United States are living with a visual impairment. A visual impairment can make it hard to do everyday activities like driving, reading, or cooking. And it can’t be fixed with glasses, contacts, or other standard treatments like medicine or surgery.

The good news is that vision rehabilitation services can help people with a visual impairment make the most of the vision they have so they can keep doing the things they love. People diagnosed with an eye disease or condition that causes visual impairment may not know where to start to find the right services. Take some time this Low Vision Awareness Month to spread the word about the great customer care IFB Solutions provides through the Community Low Vision Center. Read more about the Community Low Vision Centers and its resources!

Are you curious about what it’s like to live with a visual impairment? This #LowVisionAwarenessMonth, check out @NationalEyeInstitute’s See What I See virtual reality app to see how some common eye diseases affect vision. Watch this video to preview the app: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cb58xLev3I4.

Meet Our New Hires!

Welcome New Employees! Karen Green, Customer Service Representative, IFB Solutions Workforce Services Division

Karen Green started with IFB Solutions on January 23rd! She is a Customer Service Representative with Work Force Services on the Cleveland Sight Center contract.


Welcome new employees: Clifford Henderson. Stock Clerk/Driver at IFB Solutions MacDill AFB BSC Store

Clifford Henderson started with IFB Solutions on January 30th! He works under the direction of Sheryl Cooks as a BSC Stock Clerk/Driver at our MacDill AFB location.


Welcome New Employees! Devon Walker, Customer Service Representative, IFB Solutions Workforce Services Division

Devon Walker started with IFB Solutions on January 31st! She is a Customer Service Representative with Work Force Services on the Cleveland Sight Center contract.


Year-End Tax Forms Information

Distribution has begun of paper copies of your 2022 W2. You can immediately access your W2 electronically through Paycom through the steps below.
1. Login to your Paycom app or access the website at www.paycomonline.net
2. Select Payroll
3. Select Year End Tax Forms

Your 1095 is not yet available but will be available no later than February 17th.

Should you need any assistance in accessing your documents, or if you wish to receive a paper copy of your 1095, please reach out to Ciara Frenette in our benefits department at cfrenette@ifbsolutions.org or 336-245-5644.


Winston-Salem Fitness Now Open!

The updated space includes incredible new equipment thanks to a generous donation from Allegacy Credit Union. Go check out the space and get a workout in!

Save the Date: IFB Solutions Golf Tournament, June 22

This year’s IFB Solutions Golf Tournament in Asheville is scheduled for June 22, 2023. All funds raised support employment and services for our employees and the wider community. We are looking for event sponsorships and donations, so please help us spread the word! If you have questions, please contact Ksenia Richards at 336-245-5655 or krichards@ifbsolutions.org.


Programs and Services

Winston-Salem S.E.E. Program Fundraiser – Braille Messages for Valentine’s Day!

Send a message to someone at IFB in print and Braille along with a chocolate bar for $2. Email your message, who it is to, and your name to Kim Shoffner at kshoffner@ifbsolutions.org or give it to Chris Flynt by Monday, February 6. Delivery will be Valentine’s Day on Tuesday, February 14. Message envelopes will be clearly marked. All proceeds will go to the S.E.E. Program. Help promote literacy while letting someone know you are thinking of them.


Winston-Salem IFB Dart Team

Interested in joining or just getting more information about the IFB Dart Team? Please join us on February 8, 2023 from 12:00 PM-1:00pm in the TAD’s Room to hear all about this wonderful world of throwing darts.


See what S.E.E. is doing!

Collage of photos: decorating felt snowman at Kaleideum, soft 3D snowman of shaving cream with glue from the book Sneezy the Snowman

S.E.E. After School Winston is ready for it to snow! We made homemade puffy paint with self rising flour in the microwave to make a snowman, decorated a felt snowman at Kaleideum, and used shaving cream with glue to paint a soft 3D snowman from the book Sneezy the Snowman. Let it snow!


Adult Support Group Meetings:

  • Monday, February 6 AAA Committee meeting from 12:00-1:00 in TADS Room.
  • Tuesday, February 7 VIPS Club meeting from 12:00-1:00 in TADS Room.


Community Low Vision Center

CLVC Item of the Week:

Inner-Lip Plate for $8.95

Makes Eating A Whole Lot Easier | Specially designed lip acts as bumper so that user can scoop. Great for the arthritic, those with dexterity issues and those with limited finger, hand or arm strength. Durable polypropylene.


CLVC February Item of the Month:

Desk-Top Talking Calculator for $13.85

Clear Female Voice and Big Display for Low Vision | This full function calculator features a giant 8-digit display and a clear, easy to understand female voice. Also features repeat, memory, auto power shut-off, and adjustable volume.


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

Relaxing on the ocean of life, Oryan Battis released his new hit, Wave. Support your coworker and enjoy this song.

Are you floating on your ocean of life? Let us know by submitting your fascinating topics to fharding@ifbsolutions.org.

Have a good week!


Community Connections

New Corporate Partnership Advances Accessibility of Cereal Packaging

Submitted by Kim Shoffner

The Kellogg Company recently announced a collaboration with NaviLens to make the packaging of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, Special K Original, Rice Krispies and Crispix accessible to people with vision loss. These products will now feature a NaviLens optical smart code. The codes can be detected with the free NaviLens mobile app, allowing users to navigate to them from a distance, such as in a grocery store, and obtain product information comparable to what is displayed on the cereal box. By the end of 2023, NaviLens technology will also be implemented fully in Kellogg’s U.S. corporate facilities for the benefit of employees who are blind and low vision. You can read more about the collaboration here: https://www.specialtyfood.com/news/article/kellogg-helps-visually-impaired-through-packaging/

-from American Council of the Blind; January 28, 2023


HR & Opportunities – Job Openings

For information about any employment opportunities with IFB Solutions please contact Brent Burkholder at bburkholder@ifbsolutions.org or 336-245-5611.


Zoom Meeting Links

Adult Support Groups Zoom

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Assistive Technology Support Group Zoom


Meeting ID: 944 3463 0872
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