IFB Beat – Week of March 6, 2023

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News to Know
Updates to IFB Solutions Profit-Sharing Plan
Winston-Salem YMCA Camp Hanes Opportunity
Department of Energy BSC Store Visit

Programs and Services
Winston-Salem Red Cross Blood Drive
Winston-Salem Second Harvest Food Bank Volunteers Needed
VIPS 2 Minute Table Topics
SEE what S.E.E. is Doing!
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 – Job Postings

Support Group Zoom Meeting Links

News to Know

Updates to IFB Solutions Profit-Sharing Plan

IFB Solutions contributes to a “profit sharing plan” on behalf of eligible employees. Only IFB can contribute to this plan, and it is separate from any individual retirement plan you may have. Eligibility information is at the end of this update.

Effective February 1, the IFB Solutions management team changed the oversight of IFB’s Profit Sharing Plan from Southern Pension Company (SPC) to Newport Retirement Services through First Citizens Wealth Management.

Previously, SPC mailed eligible employees a paper statement with limited information twice a year, and withdrawals were only possible at two periods during the year.  With Newport through First Citizens, you can now access your account at any time and see:

  • Account balance
  • Changes based on market performance
  • Your vesting percentage, based on your years of eligibility
  • And a variety of other information

You can also execute a withdrawal (when you separate from the company) through this portal and download documents for tax and legal purposes. Please note: paper statements will no longer be mailed.

Eligible employees who want to immediately get started can visit www.firstcitizens.com/retirement and follow the instructions outlined here.

For employees who prefer to access by phone, you can call 855-593-7279 and follow instructions outlined here.

For employees who have questions and/or need additional assistance, representatives from Newport through First Citizens will be on-site at the Winston-Salem, Asheville, and Little Rock facilities the week of March 20, 2023 (additional details coming soon). For employees not at these facilities who would like to speak directly with a representative from Newport through First Citizens, please contact Newport at 855-593-7279.

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

Full eligibility requirements:

  • Must be 21 years old
  • Must have completed one year of employment (from your hire date)
  • Work at least 1000 hours in that year

You will be eligible to participate in the plan when the requirements have been satisfied, you will enter the plan on either January 1st or July 1st , whichever comes first.

  • Example: Sally was hired on May 5, 2021, and has worked at least 1,000 hours on her anniversary date (May 6, 2022). She becomes a plan participant on July 1st, 2022.
  • Example: Henry was hired on September 10, 2022, but only worked 800 hours in his first year of employment. Henry met his 1,000-hour requirement on February 5, 2023. He will become a plan participant on July 1, 2023.

How is my service determined for purposes of Plan eligibility?

  • Year of Service: You will be credited with a year of service when you have worked one full year since your hire date, and you worked at least 1,000 hours.
  • Plan Year: The Plan Year begins on January 1st and ends on December 31st.
  • Employees become fully vested or have full ownership of the money in the plan, following 6 consecutive years of being eligible. IFB Solutions management makes decisions on an annual basis regarding contributions to the plan as a whole; the contribution last fiscal year was in December.

 Vesting Schedule:

  • Less than 2 years of service = 0% vested
  • 2 years of service = 20% vested
  • 3 years of service = 40% vested
  • 4 years of service = 60% vested
  • 5 years of service = 80% vested
  • 6 years of service = 100% vested

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.


Department of Energy BSC Store Visit

From left to right, Shawn Blanks, David Newsome and Dan Kelly visit the Department of Energy.

The US Department of Energy Federal Base Supply Center Store had the pleasure of a store visit from the our Director of Base Supply Centers and our President and CEO. Pictured are Shawn Blanks (BSC Manager), David Newsome (Director of Base Supply Centers) and Dan Kelly (President and CEO).


Programs and Services

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 Second Harvest Food Bank Volunteers Needed

The AAA Committee is hosting another Second Harvest Foodbank volunteering opportunity on March 15th. If your open to helping others, providing service to your community, and have a big heart contact Shonn Redmond at: sredmond@ifbsolutions.org or X5672 to sign up.


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.


See what S.E.E. is doing!

Drew, Brandon and Kareen making snowy owls

S.E.E. After School Winston made snowy owls from large pine cones stuffed with stretched cotton balls and shaped foam stickers for eyes, beak, and feet.


Adult Support Group Meetings:

  • Monday, March 6 AAA Committee meeting from 12:00-1:00 in TADS Room.
  • Tuesday, March 7 VIPS Club meeting from 12:00-1:00 in TADS Room.


Community Low Vision Center

CLVC Item of the Week:

Braille 3D Sliding Puzzle game for $14.95. Sliding Plastic puzzle game with raised Braille dots.


CLVC February Item of the Month:

Desk-Top Talking Calculator for $13.85

Clear Female Voice and Big Display for Low Vision | This full function calculator features a giant 8-digit display and a clear, easy to understand female voice. Also features repeat, memory, auto power shut-off, and adjustable volume.


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 – Job Openings

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

BSC Store Clerk – McGuire Air Force Base

Education and work experience:

  • High School Diploma
  • No prior experience required

External candidates may apply at

Internal candidates may apply at


Customer Service Representative – Alpha Pointe

Education and work experience:

  • Highschool degree or equivalent with one or more college level credits or pass certifications
  • Typing speed of 30 wpm with 95% accuracy.
  • Two or more years experience in an entry-level customer service position.
  • Proficient-to-intermediate PC skills (Word, Excel, Windows Explorer) and assistive technology (JAWS, Window Eyes, ZoomText), including demonstrated knowledge of folder structure/navigation, form navigation on the web, and table navigation in all contexts.

External candidates may apply at

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

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Assistive Technology Support Group Zoom


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