IFB Beat – Week of March 20, 2023

Quick Links:

News to Know
Winston-Salem Facility – Coffee with the CEO
On-Site Help for IFB Solutions Profit-Sharing Plan
Winston-Salem YMCA Camp Hanes Opportunity

Programs and Services
Winston-Salem Facility NFB Doughnut Discount Card Sale
Winston-Salem Red Cross Blood Drive
VIPS 2 Minute Table Topics
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

Support Group Zoom Meeting Links

News to Know

Winston-Salem Facility Coffee with the CEO

Dan Kelly wants to talk to you!

The week of March 27 we will be rolling out Coffee with the CEO for Winston-Salem employees. This is an opportunity for Dan Kelly to get to know you in small groups, and for him to share his vision for the future of IFB Solutions. In return, This is a great platform to ask questions and for you to get to know the new CEO as well. The format will be very conversational, will last forty-five-minutes, and each will contain eight to ten employees. There will be coffee and light refreshments provided.

We know it will take many, many meetings to get through everyone, and anticipate this lasting over several months. Coffee with the CEO will start in Winston-Salem and eventually roll out across the organization. We thank you in advance for your patience through this process. So, stay tuned as we schedule your time to talk to the CEO with your supervisors!


Updates to IFB Solutions Profit-Sharing Plan

UPDATE: support from Newport Retirement will be on-site in Asheville on March 20 and in Winston-Salem on March 21. Jason Moser will be on-site in Little Rock on March 22.

View the original update here: https://ifbsolutions.org/ifb-beat-week-of-march-6-2023/#one-a

IMPORTANT: Please take note of frequently asked questions below. Also, the most effective way to learn about Newport Retirement through FirstCitizens is their customer service line: 844-749-9981

Plan participants can call 844-749-9981 to get a real time balance of their Profit-Sharing account!


Do I need to create my account?
No, this is entirely optional. If you don’t wish to login, you can use the customer service number to inquire about your account.

What can the customer service line tell me?
They will give you real time balance and your current vesting percentage.

How do I change my Profit-Sharing Plan beneficiary?
You can do this from the online portal or call the customer service line to update/change your beneficiaries.

If I retire or separate from IFB, how do I request my distribution of my Profit-Sharing funds?
You will call the customer service line to let them know you have separated from IFB and want to request a withdrawal.

How will I get my money once I request distribution through Newport/First Citizens?
You can roll your funds over into an IRA or other retirement account or request a cash withdrawal. If you request a cash withdrawal, they will mail your check to your address on file.

How quickly will I receive my funds once requested?
This will be mailed to you within 5-10 days once you’ve requested your withdrawal from Newport/First Citizens.

Important note: This plan doesn’t allow any withdrawals prior to your separation from IFB Solutions.

Questions? Contact Ciara Frenette at cfrenette@ifbsolutions.org or 336-245-5644.


Winston-Salem YMCA Camp Hanes Opportunity

boy jumps off blob into lake at camp hanes

A generous donor to IFB Solutions is again fully sponsoring kids of our employees to attend one week of the traditional residential or day camp at the YMCA Camp Hanes (camphanes.org) this summer! The Camp is located on 400 acres at the base of the Sauratown Mountain in King just 30 minutes north of Winston-Salem. From archery to hiking, alpine wall to zip-lining, swimming to kayaking, your kids are sure to learn new skills and make lifelong friends in a safe environment.


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Campers must be 6 years of age or be attending the 1st grade in the fall of 2023, all the way up to age 15 AND
  • Children or grandchildren of full or part-time IFB employees who are past their first 90 days of service OR
  • Children or grandchildren of IFB Solutions contract employees who have been working for IFB through one of our contract labor partners for at least 12 months

Please note: IFB Solutions is only facilitating the scholarships; if you have specific questions about the camp, call them directly at 336-983-3131. IFB Solutions cannot provide transportation to and from the camp.

To Apply:

  • Obtain a paper registration form from your supervisor
  • Write a one-page essay by you as a parent or grandparent about why you would like your child or grandchild to join the camp this summer. This can be hand-written or typed send via email to the info below.
  • Write a statement or short essay by your child or grandchild about why they would like to attend.
  • Submit the camp registration form, parent/grandparent essay, and child/grandchild statement to Brent Burkholder by 12:00 PM Thursday, March 23. You can do this by placing it in his mailbox in the mailroom, or emailing it to him at bburkholder@ifbsolutions.org.

Selection and Notice:

  • Selection will be made on a first-come-first-served basis from applicants who provide complete information and documents. Up to 10 residential camp slots are available.
  • Camp scholarship winners will be selected by March 31, and announced shortly after.
  • All selected campers are asked to be ready to write a donor thank you card (to be provided by IFB) about the camp experience at the end of summer.

For Questions and Support:

  • IFB development and HR staff are available to assist employees who are blind with the application form if necessary.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Brent Burkholder at 336-245-5611 or bburkholder@ifbsolutions.org.


Programs and Services

Winston-Salem Facility NFB Doughnut Discount Card Sale

The Forsyth County chapter of the National Federation of the Blind wants you to enjoy a free box of delicious doughnuts! Support this chapter by purchasing a Krispy Kream discount doughnut card for only $20. With every doughnut box purchase, show your discount card, and get a free box of original glazed doughnuts. This discount card is good for up to 10 free boxes of doughnuts. All proceeds support the local Forsyth County chapter. If interested in purchasing a card, contact an NFB member; Brian Ballard (Vinyl), Angela Hanes (ACS), Tracy Gould (T-Shirts), Wilmer Oliver (ACS), or Elena Richards (Vinyl). Thank you for your support.


Winston-Salem Red Cross Blood Drive Hosted by AAA Committee

Scott Smith Giving Blood at Red Cross Donation Day

Raise your sleeve, and save a life!

Did you know?
Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. Your donations assist with heart surgeries, revitalizing accident victims, organ transplant recipients, and patients needing lifesaving procedures. So, will you raise your sleeve and save a life?

When: April 12, 2023
Where: Tad’s Room (Winston-Salem)
Time: 10:00 am-2:30 pm, Contact your supervisor to set up an appointment to donate.
Admin contact: Shonn Redmond at sredmond@ifbsolutions.org or X5672


Winston-Salem VIPS 2 Minute Table Topics

Love to talk and voice your opinions? VIPS is hosting its first annual 2 Minute Table Topics competition April 4th at noon in Tad’s room. Open to all Winston employees, enter to speak for your chance to win cash prizes for first and second place winners.

What are 2 Minute Table Topics?
You will be asked a random question. There are no right or wrong responses, just your opinion. You have two minutes to provide an answer. However the catch is these answers are structured with an opening, body, and closing.

In order to compete, participants must attend one VIPS meeting for hands on experience answering Table Topics and sign up by March 21st.

Upcoming VIPS meeting Dates:
February 21, March 7, & March 21.

Contact Shonn Redmond or Chris Flynt in the Low Vision Center for more information. Light refreshments will be provided.


Adult Support Group Meetings:

  • Monday, March 20 AAA Committee meeting from 12:00-1:00 in TADS Room.
  • Tuesday, March 21 VIPS Club meeting from 12:00-1:00 in TADS Room.
  • Wednesday, March 22 Assistive Technology support group meeting from 7:00-8:00 via Zoom (zoom link at end of newsletter).
  • Thursday, March 23 Blind Ambitions support group meeting from 12:00-12:45 in TADS Room.


Community Low Vision Center

CLVC Item of the Week:

Megavoice Pathway Talking Bible, NKJV for $39.95

The Pathway talking Bible from Megavoice is a small, rechargeable battery powered audio Bible, offering both the New and Old Testaments in the New King James Version. It has a simple keypad for navigation, moving forward and backwards by Book or by Chapter, as well as by 17 second intervals within a Chapter. Power is supplied through a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which provides approximately 13 hours of listening time on a medium volume setting.


CLVC February Item of the Month:

New Victor Reader 3 for $550.00. MTP Support (usable even if connected to PC)Better/Faster Wi-Fi connectivity (5ghz).
More audio formats supported (Zoom and more!). Bigger SD card support (up to 1tb). Revamped settings menu.
New shortcuts. Customizable voices (up to 2) directly on the device.


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

Have a story, new article, app, or interesting fact you want to share. Email Faith Harding at fharding@ifbsolutions.org and we will post it.


Community Connections

Winston-Salem Adaptive Recreation and Gaming Expo

Where are all of our gamers and fitness enthusiasts? Join us at JDL Fast Track (2505 Empire Drive, Winston-Salem, 27103), on Saturday, March 25th from 10AM to 2PM

Come try a number of exciting sports like adaptive cycling, tennis, archery, kayaking, and gaming!

We’re also collaborating with the North Carolina Assistive Technology Program (NCATP), who will be introducing Adaptive Gaming at this event! All ages and abilities are welcome!

COVID boosters will be available thanks to the support of the Forsyth County Health Department. There will also be Vendors and a Food Truck available onsite!

You can register for this event at sicilnc.org.

Please call 336-767-7060 or email celia@sicilnc.org for any questions! We look forward to seeing everyone there! PLEASE spread the word!

*Thank you to JDL Fast Track, NCATP, WSSU, Forsyth County Health Department, Kimberley Park Tennis, Amtryke, Ambucs, Kernersville Parks and Rec, Winston Salem Parks and Rec, Ainsley’s Angels, IFB Solutions, Greensboro Parks and Rec, Camp Dogwood, Get Outdoors, and Wutyasay Food Truck for your partnership and willingness to be a part of this special event! We couldn’t do it without all of you!


HR & Opportunities

Dress Code Reminder

As the weather slowly begins to heat up and we no longer need to rely on big jackets and layered clothing to keep us warm, let’s all remember the dress code that IFB has in place. If we run into issues of inappropriate clothing being warn in the workplace, you may be asked to change clothing or be sent home. Please look at a few reminders of what is listed as inappropriate work attire:

  • Spandex (dressy yoga trouser pants are acceptable)
  • Bare feet
  • Pants, shorts, or skirts worn below the waistline.
  • Shorts/skirts/dresses exceeding 3” above the knee when standing.
  • Midriff/tank/halter tops, spaghetti straps, low-cut blouses/dresses
  • Clothing or footwear that presents a safety hazard in the workplace.
  • Sexually provocative clothing
  • Clothing with profanity or that includes nude or semi-nude pictures.
  • The observable lack of undergarments or exposed undergarments


Job Opportunities

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

Workforce Services Administrative Assistant

Education and work experience:

  • Associate degree in a related field required.
  • Minimum of four-years’ experience in customer service or a related field required.

External candidates may apply at https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=58354&clientkey=8B43E6E34C5D5C9AA3D07BB04DBEB909

Internal candidates may apply at https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=58355&clientkey=8B43E6E34C5D5C9AA3D07BB04DBEB909&jpt=ce8685cef740a6280b5fcb492b556fa5


BSC Store Manager – Tyndall AFB

Education and work experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher preferred.
  • Minimum of 3 years prior retail management experience.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Must pass government background and drug tests.

External candidates may apply at https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=58696&clientkey=8B43E6E34C5D5C9AA3D07BB04DBEB909

Internal candidates may apply at

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

Meeting ID: 994 9807 8576
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Assistive Technology Support Group Zoom


Meeting ID: 944 3463 0872
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