IFB Beat – Week of July 10, 2023

A Message from the Editor

I would like to thank everyone for reading the Beat every week. It’s important to me to keep you informed and I encourage you to take advantage of the information and resources made available just for you!

In this week’s issue:
• Celebrating Disability Pride Month!
• Stay cool this summer with the CLVC item of the week!

If you missed last week, here’s a quick reminder about the Christmas in July Bonus.

Make it a wonderful week IFB!

Anastasia Powell

IFB Solutions Communications Manager

apowell@ifbsolutions.org | 336-245-5698

Quick Links:

New this Week

July is Disability Pride Month
What’s Happening on the Floor: BSC Group
Adult Support Group Meetings
CLVC Item of the Week

From Our Community

Insider Corner

HR and Opportunities

Benefit of the Week
New Job Openings

Support Group Zoom Meeting Links


New this Week

July is Disability Pride Month

There are an estimated 1 billion people with disabilities worldwide (United Nations Factsheet on Persons with Disabilities). Their contributions benefit us all. In the United States, July is Disability Pride Month. It marks the 1990 enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a landmark U.S. rights law that extended civil rights protections This 1990 disabilities law ushered in a new era for persons with disabilities and assured that all Americans would benefit from their talents. People with disabilities continue to make historic contributions in many fields such as the workforce, music, science, sports, and technology.

Read more at Disability Pride Month celebrates ADA anniversary here.


What’s Happening on the Floor: BSC Group

Collage of BSC location logos and photo of James, Tracye and Shawn

The BSC environment continues to evolve, and the team recognizes the importance of a strong business strategy. As mentioned a few weeks ago in an update from Dan Kelly, since launching the BSC Key Strategy in early 2023, the team has improved margins, realized significant reductions in inventory and signed four partner vendor agreements to grow sales opportunities.

Keeping in step with the 2023 BSC Key Strategy the BSC team comprised of David Newsome, (Base Supply Center director), James Logan (Federal Operations Manager), Tracye Miller (Sales Manager) and Shawn Blanks (Store / Business Development Manager) went out into the field in Washington, DC during the week of June 26th to meet with Contracting Officers and federal procurement directors of the following federal organizations; The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), The US Security & Exchange Commission (SEC), the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI). Valuable information was gathered to help further our business plan to increase our market share of sales to federal organizations. The team walked away with a positive outlook on future opportunities, remembering that any sale is a direct support to our mission!

Congratulations to the BSC team for applying the new sales-centric culture with huge success in sales growth and customer relationships. What a way to embody the core values of Creative Solutions and Mission Possible! Keep paving the way BSC team!


Adult Support Group Meetings:

  • Monday, July 10 NFB support group meeting from 12:00-12:45 in TADS Room.
  • Tuesday, July 11 Transportation support group meeting from 12:00-12:45 in TADS Room.
  • Wednesday, July 12 Blind Ambitions support group meeting from 12:00-12:45 in TADS Room.


CLVC Item of the Week:

Image of Summer Wind neck fan

Turbo 6000mAh Portable Neck Fan for $39.95

360°Cooling Airflow Bladeless Neck Fan. USB Rechargeable with 3 Speeds Adjustment. Wearable Personal Fan for outdoor and indoor Travel– Black.

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


From Our Community

Insider Corner

This section is edited by Faith Harding. Have something to share? Email Faith at fharding@ifbsolutions.org

Welcome to another amazing week family!

I know all of us work for numerous reasons besides paying bills, but how many of you are involved in hobbies? Yes, you’re tired after work. Yes, you must take care of a family. Yes. Yes. Yes. I know. But what about you? It’s said, “you can’t take care of anyone else, until you take care of yourself.”

Clearing your brain of work and embracing creative hobbies are one of the best things for your mental well-being. Start with just 30 minutes a day if you’re not already doing so. Turn the tv and phone off, embrace your creativeness, joy, brilliance, and you’ll be amazed by your genius.

There are many who are blind or visually impaired wanting to share their creativity or knowledge through developing videos for YouTube or other platforms. If limiting thoughts are blocking you from this venture, here’s a video from Unsightly Opinions providing her method for filming as a blind YouTuber: how to start a YouTube channel.

If you’ve been enjoying Oryan Battis, expressing his creativity through music, please go to PTU department and let him know. Listen to his new release, Home.

Is art and culture a passion of yours? Kaleideum, an interactive, hands-on museum and science center for all ages located in Winston-Salem NC, is thrilled to announce the expansion of its Museums for All program this summer. Building upon its commitment to accessibility and inclusivity, Kaleideum will now extend program benefits to recipients of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina’s Link2Feed cardholders. This provides visits to Kaleideum at a reduced admission price of $3 per person. Kaleideum seeks to eliminate financial barriers that prevent individuals and families from enjoying the museum.

Museums for All is a national access program that encourages individuals of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong habits. Through Museums for All, those receiving food assistance can gain free or reduced admission to more than 1,000 museums throughout the United States simply by presenting their SNAP EBT card.

To receive the reduced admission, individuals should present their EBT, WIC, or Link2Feed Card at Kaleideum’s Welcome Desk. To learn more about the Museums for All program and its expanded offerings, please visit https://museums4all.org/.

Make it a good one!



HR & Opportunities

Your Benefit of the Week

This section is a weekly feature supported by IFB Solutions Benefits Supervisor Ciara Frenette. Reach her at cfrenette@ifbsolutions.org.

It’s heating up outside and everyone is feeling it! Try these tips to stay hydrated and healthy through the heat:

  1. Start your day with a glass of water. Your body goes quite a few hours without hydration as you sleep
  2. Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning
  3. Invest in a fun or fancy water bottle
  4. Use alarms or notifications to your advantage
  5. Focus on your body’s signals
  6. Drink a glass of water before each meal
  7. Add calorie-free flavoring

Up to 60% of our bodies are made of water. We lose water constantly through our skin, urine, waste and sweat – even when we breathe.

Water intake has many benefits, including:

  1. Regulating internal body temperature
  2. Metabolizing food and regulating hunger
  3. Lubricating joints
  4. Flushing bodily waste
  5. Producing adequate saliva

New Job Announcements

For all current openings, visit https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs?clientkey=8B43E6E34C5D5C9AA3D07BB04DBEB909

Customer service Associate – Denny’s

Education and work experience:

  • High school diploma or equivalent. Some college preferred.
  • 1-3 years of recent experience in a Customer Service support role (Call Center experience preferred). Computer experience is required along with an acceptable WPM of at least 30.

External candidates may apply at https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=66769&clientkey=8B43E6E34C5D5C9AA3D07BB04DBEB909

Internal candidates may apply at https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=66770&clientkey=8B43E6E34C5D5C9AA3D07BB04DBEB909&jpt=ce8685cef740a6280b5fcb492b556fa5


Quality Auditor – Winston Salem

Education and work experience:

  • High School graduate or equivalent
  • 1-3 years previous Quality Inspection experience preferred.

External candidates may apply at https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=66762&clientkey=8B43E6E34C5D5C9AA3D07BB04DBEB909

Internal candidates may apply at https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=66763&clientkey=8B43E6E34C5D5C9AA3D07BB04DBEB909&jpt=ce8685cef740a6280b5fcb492b556fa5


For more information about any employment opportunities with IFB Solutions please contact Brent Burkholder at bburkholder@ifbsolutions.org or X5611.


Zoom Meeting Links

Adult Support Groups Zoom

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Assistive Technology Support Group Zoom


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