IFB Beat – Week of June 12, 2023

A Message from the Editor

Greetings all!

I hope everyone had a good weekend. We start this week with a great big thank you from the benefits team! Open Enrollment for core benefits was a great success and we could not have done it without all of you. We also share who’s new to the IFB team, how IFB is crushing on-time delivery and the sweet experience our S.E.E. students had a few weeks ago.

Thanks for reading the IFB Beat and remember, I rely on you to keep everyone informed – send me news and updates to share!

Anastasia Powell

IFB Solutions Communications Manager

apowell@ifbsolutions.org | 336-245-5698

Quick Links:

New this Week

Meet our new hires!
What’s Happening on the Floor: Improved On-Time Delivery Performance
Father’s Day Raffle from the Philanthropy Team
See what S.E.E. is Doing
Adult Support Group Meetings
CLVC Item of the Week

From Our Community

Insider Corner
Winston Walkers Event this Friday, June 16 at 10am

HR and Opportunities

Benefit of the Week
New Job Openings

Support Group Zoom Meeting Links


New this Week

Meet our new hires!

Welcome New Employees: Richard Hunter, Customer Service Representative, IFB Solutions Workforce Services

Richard Hunter started with IFB on June 1st as a Customer Service Representative-CSC in our Workforce Services Division. He will be working under the direction of Shannon Satterfield.

A great big welcome to the team! We look forward to the talent you will be contributing to the organization!


What’s Happening on the Floor: Improved On-Time Delivery Performance

IFB Solutions improves its on-time delivery performance, one delivery at a time!

IFB Solutions commodities business lines (consisting of markers, rags, wipes, scissors, staples, staplers, and paper) are packaged and assembled at all manufacturing facilities. On a rolling 3-month average, IFB produces and ships over 350,000 units of products for our longstanding customers. These include commercial wholesalers and distributors such as LCI, S.P. Richards, and Essendant. Other customers include various Base Supply Centers located on military and government sites and AbilityOne.com. The Supply Chain and Manufacturing Production team work hard every day to make sure the finished goods are on the shelves to ship. After commodity products are assembled and packaged, our Clemmons Distribution Center is responsible for prompt deliveries.

Holding all agencies to a high standard, National Industries for the Blind (NIB) issues quarterly reports recognizing on-time performance. IFB’s diligence to improve on-time performance increased delivery time from 76% in January to 97.1% in May. Dale Baker, Clemmons Distribution Center Manager states, “We are always striving to improve every day. Our hard work here at the Clemmons warehouse is making a difference. I am thankful that our IFB teammates on the production floors and in supply chain are working hard as well. Those folks are getting us what we need to ship to the customer. We couldn’t do it without them.”

Congratulations to everyone working hard to get it done! Your thoroughness, cooperation, and determination is the driving force behind IFB’s core value of Mission Possible in action!


Father’s Day Raffle from the Philanthropy Team

father's day gift basket

Father’s Day is right around the corner! To celebrate, we would love to highlight any father-daughter or father-son employee duos we have here at IFB Solutions. Both father-daughter or father-son have to work at IFB to enter. If you’d like to be featured, please submit a photo along with names and job titles to apowell@ifbsolutions.org by noon on Thursday, June 15. Your submission enters your name into a drawing for a gift basket! The winners and details of how to receive the basket will be announced at the end of day on Thursday, June 15.


See what S.E.E. is Doing

Photo of model bee, students in classroom, beekeeping equipment

S.E.E. After School Winston learned all about honey bees from guest speakers Jim Holt and Sam Coble. We touched tools for working with the bees as well as the trays that make up the hives. There were live bees to hear and bees wax to feel. Honey was a treat to taste and smell. All 16 people in attendance now know a lot more about honey bees.


Adult Support Group Meetings:

  • Monday, June 12 NFB support group meeting from 12:00-12:45 in TADS Room.
  • Tuesday, June 13 Transportation support group meeting from 12:00-12:45 in TADS Room.
  • Wednesday, June 14 Blind Ambitions support group meeting from 12:00-12:45 in TADS Room.

Attention Winston-Salem braille students: there will be no braille class on Wednesday, June 14 2023. If you have any questions please contact Braille instructor Kim Shoffner at kshoffner@ifbsolutions.org or X5669.


CLVC Item of the Week:

image of Oven Glove with Blue Non-Slip Silicone Grip

Oven Glove with Blue Non-Slip Silicone Grip for $11.95: protect your hands when touching hot surfaces. Safely handle hot pots, pans, baking trays and other hot surfaces when working around the kitchen or barbeque!

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

Hello everyone,

Continuing with the travel bug, I wanted to share an app for theme park enthusiast. What was your favorite theme park you have ever visited?

Introducing LogRide, the Ultimate Companion for Theme Park and Coaster Enthusiasts. (Note, this app is for all users, both sighted and blind. Podcast shows VoiceOver users how to use the app.)

In this episode of AppleVis podcast, John Moore introduces you to  LogRide – Theme Park Tracker, a must have iOS app for theme park and coaster enthusiasts.

With LogRide, you can track all your park experiences and explore a world of park history, attraction stats, and various other features. The app includes convenient functionalities like Park Check-In to add dates to your attraction logs, Haunts for logging annual haunt events and haunted houses, Midways to discover portable attractions at fairs and carnivals, and provides live wait times for over 50 theme parks. It covers a vast range of over 3500 parks, including popular destinations such as Disney, Universal, Cedar Fair, Six Flags, SeaWorld, and many more!

During this episode, John takes us on a detailed tour of the app’s functionalities, layout, and settings. He explains and demonstrates how to log or update your ride records, ensuring that you make the most of this theme park tracking tool.  Listen to the AppleVis LogRide podcast here.

Listen UP Hadley Podcast Fans

Hadley School for the Blind Podcasts are now available by phone! Enjoy Hadley Presents Podcast | Conversations on Topics Unique to Vision Loss and Insights & Sound Bites | Hadley.

Just give a call. If you are not online, this is for you! The number to call is 847-558-1317.


Updates for Apple Enthusiast!

Here’s a short review of apple’s keynote What a Show.

For information about accessible updates visit applevis.com.


Winston Walkers Event this Friday, June 16 at 10am

Come and join us in seeking adventures! The Winston Walkers led by Diana Soto, an IFB employee in the ACS department, is a group that promotes healthy living while having fun exploring parks. We will meet this Friday, June 16 at 10 AM. For more information, please click the link below. It will direct you to the Winston Walkers WhatsApp group. It will be a great pleasure to see you there!



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.

Thank you to all IFB employees for your participation in Open Enrollment, we had an incredible success rate of 98%. We couldn’t have done it without all the support from employees!

Just a friendly reminder! All new benefits (medical, vision, dental) will be effective July 1 2023. If you enrolled in medical coverage, you will receive a welcome kit from Healthgram this month, June 2023. If you enrolled in dental or vision coverage, this is provided through MetLife; you will not receive ID cards, instead you will let your provider know you have coverage through MetLife and use your social security number as your identifier. If you have any questions please contact Benefits Supervisor Ciara Frenette.

New Job Announcements

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

Zoom Meeting Links

Adult Support Groups Zoom

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Assistive Technology Support Group Zoom


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