IFB Beat – Week of March 25, 2024

A Message from the Editor

“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” Margaret Fuller

Enjoy reading this weeks issue:

  • Read all about Easter McCall, Winston-Salem facility Employee of the Year!
  • Review important tips for a safe and productive workplace.
  • Move and groove to music from IFB’s very own Noah Davis.
  • And just in case you missed the update from our CEO, you can read it here: Important Update from President and CEO, Dan Kelly

Thanks for reading the IFB Beat and have a wonderful 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!
Tips for a Safe and Productive Workplace: March 2024
See what S.E.E. is Doing
Adult Support Group Meetings
CLVC Item of the Week

From Our Community

Insider Corner

Support Group Zoom Meeting Links


Congratulations to Our 2024 Employee Award Winners!

Easter McCall Headshot

In the March 18 edition of the Beat, we highlighted Linda Bozarth, recipient of the Delmer Wall Outstanding Service Award and this week we feature Winston-Salem facility Employee of the Year, Easter McCall. Read all about her and make sure to give her a great big congratulations!

If there’s a job to be done, you’ll find Easter McCall first in line! Blind from birth, Easter quickly began tackling the challenges of vision loss. Several days were tough but she never allowed her visual impairment to function as a barrier. Exploring opportunities for more independence, Easter attended a job training course gaining necessary skills required for the workforce. Upon completion, she started working for Wake Forest Baptist hospital as a medical transcriptionist. Her career was short-lived as the work was outsourced and technology became an obstacle, and she could no longer do the job. So, she contacted IFB Solutions Winston-Salem location and happily started her journey of gainful employment in 2003.

Easter works in the packing and assembly department where she works in several areas such as Vinyl, K-bar, putting elastic in boots, packing staples, rags, scissors assembly, and turning t-shirts. She thrives in producing quality work and meeting production requirements. The mechanics in her department recognize her quality of work and often will rely on her experience. If the k-bars need adjusting, they will make their adjustments and then ask her to check behind them by feel to ensure accuracy. Being highly active with the American Council of the Blind (ACB) her church choir, and as a mentor for new employees, she is known to teamwork. If she is finished with her job, she is always willing to help her Coworkers with a smile on her face. She embraces acquiring new responsibilities and is a past Employee of the Month winner.

Easter may be visually impaired, but she lives every day with a great attitude and inspires others to do the same. She truly Embodies the core values of Business with a Heart and Commitment to Excellence. We are pleased to have Easter McCall represent IFB Winston-Salem as the 2024 Employee of the year.


Tips for a Safe and Productive Workplace: March 2024

IFB Solutions has put several processes in place to keep everyone safe at work. We will be reviewing these tips weekly and would like you to please adhere to these rules. Everyone is responsible for safety, and failure to adhere to these guidelines could result in personal injury or injury to others. Violators are subject to disciplinary action. This week we share personal protective equipment and machinery safety. Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe!

General personal protective equipment and Machinery Safety Reminders:

  • Everyone needs to wear the required personal protective equipment for each job task you are assigned.
  • All required personal protective equipment will be provided by IFB and may be obtained from your supervisor.
  • Please remember to turn your machinery off at the end of the day.

Thank you,
Angela Jordan Director of Safety and Environmental Health


See what S.E.E. is Doing!

Drew and Jacob building a dam with legos to slow water flow on table

The S.E.E. kids enjoyed exploring Wonders of Water at Kaleideum. Activities included building a structure with Legos to stop flowing water, putting hands on a giant ice block, walking through a gentle waterfall, feeling a whirlpool swirl around their hands, and stepping on censors in the floor to make water sounds like a rainstorm, frogs jumping into a pond, or a flushing toilet.


Adult Support Group Meetings:

Upcoming Support Group Meetings

  • Monday, March 25 Guide Dog support group meeting from 12:00-12:45 in TADS Room

CLVC Item of the Week:

Ramble Tag being used

The Ramble Tag is a simple yet clever device that allows a sighted individual to more easily guide a visually impaired person who is wanting a guiding arm. The Ramble Tag cuff wraps around the guide’s upper arm. A drop loop off of the cuff gives the guided person a handhold for guiding, without having to physically hold or touch the sighted guide. This allows for close contact guiding, while not having to get too close. The loop affords a little more space and independence between the guide and the guided, and may offer a more comfortable way for a stranger to guide a person needing assistance. As a contactless guidance method, Ramble Tag is particularly useful for those who wish to avoid touching their guide. Physical boundaries can be easily respected. This item can be ordered for right or left. Please call Toni Fraser at 336-245-5672 for pricing.

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

Music, sound, take a trip through your senses every Sunday from 12 to 3pm on www.Mixcloud.com

Look for Super Gold Rock and soul, full of amazing Musical selections from the incredibly talented Noah Davis of the T-shirt department. This show takes you on a journey of sounds and vibrations home to such favorites as Sam Cooke, Smokey Robinson, and the Temptations. Motown not your thing, then try listening in and you may find yourself hearing such jazz greats as Miles Davis, Ray Charles, John Coltrane, and many more. If you’re feeling feisty try His “Anything goes on for Size,” which is full of interesting music from all genres. This show is guaranteed to become one of your favorites. Set-up your free account today and make sure You leave Noah a comment, he would love for you to share your thoughts!


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