IFB Beat – Week of March 11, 2024

A Message from the Editor

Greetings all!

This week we continue to highlight our 2024 Award Winners and Employees of the Month! Mark your calendar for the CLVC Orcam Demo Day, meet our new hires, and read about IFB Solutions in the news. Last but not least, Ciera Frenette, Benefits Administrator, is moving on to a new opportunity and IFB is actively searching for candidates to fill this critical role. If you know someone who would be a good fit, share the job posting at the end of The IFB Beat with them!

If you missed it last week, don’t forget to apply for the YMCA Camp Hanes Opportunity for the Winston Salem Facility and read the Adult Support Group Meetings Update.

Thanks for reading The IFB Beat and have a great week!

Anastasia Powell

IFB Solutions Communications Manager

apowell@ifbsolutions.org | 336-245-5698

Quick Links:

New this Week

Congratulations to our 2024 Employee Award Winners!
Introducing Amber Frederick, IFB Solutions Recruiter
IFB Solutions in the News
Congratulations to Asheville Facility Employees of the Month for December and January!
Adult Support Group Meetings
CLVC Winston-Salem Facility Presents Orcam Demo Day
CLVC Item of the Week

From Our Community

Insider Corner

HR and Opportunities

March Benefit of the Month
New Job Openings

Support Group Zoom Meeting Links


Congratulations to our 2024 Employee Award Winners!

In the March 4 edition of the Beat, we highlighted Kenneth Mullins, IFB Solutions Career Achiever of the Year and this week we feature IFB Solutions, Puerto Rico Facility Employee of the Year Lisandra Chaparro. Read all about her and make sure to give her a great big congratulations!

Headshot for Lisandra Chaparro

Lisandra Chaparro has been with IFB Solutions, Puerto Rico for 3 years. She is a sewing machine operator on the fuel handler suit line, but always willing to help with other operations. Lisandra comes to work every day with a positive attitude and strives to meet company goals. She goes the extra mile in everything she does, demonstrating IFB Solutions’ core value of Commitment to Excellence. Lisandra takes great pride in her job and treats her responsibilities with the importance and urgency needed. She always has an attitude of accountability and consistently demonstrates good ethics, time management, and quality work. Lisandra is a great role model to others, representing what IFB is truly about. We are honored to name Lisandra Chaparro as the Puerto Rico Facilities’ 2024 Employee of the Year!


Introducing Amber Frederick, IFB Solutions Recruiter

Headshot for Amber Frederick

We are excited to introduce Amber Frederick, who is our newest addition to the Human Resources and Recruiting department. Under the guidance of her supervisor, Brent Burkholder, Amber brings a wealth of experience in staffing and recruitment services. Outside of the professional realm, she is a passionate individual with interests ranging from cooking, painting, and dancing. As a dedicated mother to one, and a proud owner of two fur babies, Amber embodies a well-rounded dynamic that we are thrilled to welcome to IFB Solutions. Please take the opportunity to get to know Amber over the next couple of weeks.


IFB Solutions in the News!

Headshot of Grant Weathers

Read all about Grant Weathers, Manager of Low Vision Services promotion announcement in the Asheville Chamber’s weekly newsletter, Winston-Salem Journal, and WNC Business. Congratulations Grant!


Congratulations to Asheville Facility Employees of the Month for December and January!

December Winner: Amber Williams (Military Markets Department)

Amber embodies IFB’s core value, Mission Possible. She knocks it out of the park. Her counts are almost always spot on. She is kind, courteous, pleasant and does a fantastic job.

January Winner: Jessica Hannah (Digital Cutting Department)

Jessica embodies IFB’s core value, Mission Possible. She always has a good attitude, is positive, a hard worker and takes pride in her work. She has the initiative to get the job done, is cooperative and does a good job.


Adult Support Group Meetings:

Upcoming Support Group Meetings

  • Monday, March 11 NFB meeting from 12:00-12:45 in TADS Room \
  • Tuesday, March 12 Sight Adjustment support group meeting from 12:00-12:45 in TADS Room

CLVC Winston-Salem Facility Presents Orcam Demo Day

The Orcam is a device that takes a picture and can read or identify various things. Discover the ultimate way to read any printed or digital text, anytime, anywhere! Enjoy your morning paper, diving into your favorite book, and boosting your work productivity easily and effectively.

When: Wednesday, March 13
Time: 10 AM to 4:30 PM
Where: The Community Low Vision Center

If you are interested in a demonstration, please contact Toni Fraser in the Community Low Vision Center at 336-245-5672 to schedule an appointment.


CLVC Item of the Week:

Tel-Time Talking Key Chain Square -Black

Tel-Time Talking Key Chain Square – Black. Convenient Time Announcement on Your Key Chain
This talking keychain for the visually impaired features both LCD and audio time report, alarm, and hourly time announcement, all on the convenience of a keychain. This talking keychain uses two LR4 batteries. Please call for pricing (336-245-5672).

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. Reach out to her at fharding@ifbsolutions.org

The Blind Institute of Technology presents: One Man’s Journey Through Vision Loss

Join BIT and the Foundation Fighting Blindness on Monday, March 25 at 7 PM, to hear about BIT’s Executive Director, Mike Hess’s, journey through vision loss. Register for the webinar at Webinar Registration – Zoom

Accessible Pharmacy: Register Now! Blindness and Mental Health Summit

Friday, June 14, 2024, 12:00PM to 4:00PM ET

Join them for the first annual Blindness and Mental Health Summit! The Summit is the largest online gathering of organizations and consumers sharing information, resources, and services focusing on mental health in the blindness, low vision, and disability communities. It is 100% virtual and will have ASL interpreters. Providers will also be able to earn CE credit.

The Summit is a 2-part event: Part 1 – Speaker Series, Part 2 – Exhibit Hall

Register for free to learn from our growing list of thought leaders in the blindness and mental health communities. Vendors include Be My Eyes, Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER), Thriving Blind Academy, Helen Keller Services, Prevent Blindness, American Council of the Blind Mental Health and Wellness Committee, Intuitive Counseling and Wellness, Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Eye2Eye Peer Support Program for Vision Loss, 988 Crisis Prevention Hotline, and more. Register at BLINDNESS AND MENTAL HEALTH SUMMIT 2024 – ATTENDEE REGISTRATION (google.com)


HR & Opportunities

March Benefit of the Month

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

Why pay for COVID tests when you can get Free COVID-19 Tests?

Visit https://www.covid.gov/tools-and-resources/resources/tests to order 4 additional free FDA-authorized COVID-19 tests.

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-⁠home tests. If you did not order 4 tests earlier in the fall, you can place two orders for a total of 8 tests.

Need help placing an order for your at-⁠home tests? Call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489).

New Job Announcements

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

Benefits Administrator – Winston-Salem Facility

Education and work experience:

  • BS/BA in Business Administration, Human Resources, or related field.
  • 3-5years proven experience as Benefits Administrator.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred.

External candidates may apply at https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=85846&clientkey=8B43E6E34C5D5C9AA3D07BB04DBEB909

Internal candidates may apply at https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=85846&clientkey=8B43E6E34C5D5C9AA3D07BB04DBEB909


Customer Service Representative – NC Department of Vital Statistics – Remote

Education and work experience:

  • Minimum of 1 year of call center experience preferred.
  • Associate degree or higher in a related field preferred.
  • Ability to speak Spanish preferred.

External candidates may apply at https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=85772&clientkey=8B43E6E34C5D5C9AA3D07BB04DBEB909

Internal candidates may apply at https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=85773&clientkey=8B43E6E34C5D5C9AA3D07BB04DBEB909&jpt=ce8685cef740a6280b5fcb492b556fa5

For more information, please contact a member of the recruitment team at careers@ifbsolutions.org.


Zoom Meeting Links

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