IFB Beat – Week of May 23, 2022

News to Know

Extra, Extra, read all about it! 2022 Steps to S.E.E. Walkathon!

S.E.E. students from Charlotte, Winston-Salem and other NC and SC locations celebrated the completion of the school year and the Steps to S.E.E. Walkathon with a Steps to S.E.E. Field Day on Saturday, May 14 at Alexander Graham Middle School. Twenty one students participated in tandem biking, soccer, obstacle course, and more activities. Watch the media coverage of the event here.

Over the course of March and April, S.E.E. students and teachers have walked over 340 miles collectively and have raised over $31,000 to send kids who are visually impaired to S.E.E. summer camps. We thank our sponsors S.P. Richards, Hanesbrands, FARO, Team Wendy, and Truliant FCU and all event donors and supporters for allowing us to have a successful Steps to S.E.E. Walkathon and Field Day this spring – THANK YOU!

HR Update – Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment has officially opened in Paycom. Open Enrollment is your annual opportunity to make changes to your Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance without a Qualifying Event.

GREAT NEWS! There has been no rate increases for the 2022-2023 Medical, Dental or Vision plan year.

NEED HELP? For Asheville and Little Rock Facilities – please connect with your on-site HR manager. For the Winston-Salem Facility, Open Enrollment Meetings will be held in TADs Room on the dates and times listed below. These are voluntary meetings for those employees that have questions, need to enroll, or make changes to their current benefits. Employees, let your supervisors know which meeting you would like to attend so that we can assure that group sizes remain small as we continue to practice social distancing. Supervisors, please provide a list of those employees that would like to attend the meetings to Ana Bracetty.

MEETING SCHEDULE: Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Location: TADs Room
• Tuesday, May 24, 2022
• Wednesday, May 25, 2022
• Thursday, May 26, 2022

If you don’t want to make any changes, you don’t need to do anything. Your plans will remain the same and automatically roll over into the next plan year. If you would like to change your plans, let your supervisor know and HR will set up a time to assist you between May 23rd and June 2nd. Please Note: Thursday, June 2nd is the last day to make changes.


Programs and Services

The NFB support group in Winston-Salem is collecting broken or used canes.

These canes will be cleaned up and repaired for people who are blind in third world countries that do not have access to canes for safe travel. We will be collecting canes through the end of September. Please support this effort by putting your broken or used canes in the collection box located in the TADS room by the braille cabinet. You can also give your canes to an NFB member.
Brian Ballard/Vinyl department
Tonya Patterson/Vinyl department
Angela Hanes/ ACS department
Bob Parson/ ACS department

Adult Support Group Meetings:

  • Monday, May 23 Guide dog support group meeting from 12:00-12:45 in TADS Room.
  • Tuesday, May 24 Glaucoma support group meeting from 12:00-12:45 in TADS Room.
  • Thursday, May 26 Blind Ambitions support group meeting from 12:00-12:45 in TADS Room.

Community Low Vision Center

CLVC Item of the Week:

XXL AM – PM Weekly Pill Organizer – Braille for $4.95. Includes divider inserts to create compartments.

The Low Vision center is a one stop shop! While you are purchasing a XXL AM-PM Weekly Pill Organizer check out a Detach and Go 7 day pill organizer Plus cutter for $8.99!


CLVC April item of the month:

Eschenbach Contrast Enhancing Solar Shields $49.00. Available in multiple colors to filter light and cut down on glare.

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 some interesting information to share or topic you would like to see in the Insider Corner? Whether it is your favorite podcast, website, or article that caught your attention, send to Faith Harding at fharding@ifbsolutions.org and we will post it!

Community Connections

NCCDD Hosts Fourth Self-Advocate Discussion Series on June 1!

The North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (NCCDD)’s monthly discussion series boost the voices and messages of NC self-advocates* for influencing social and systems change. Spanish, ASL, and CART Captioning will be available.

Register for the session on June 1, 2022 by clicking here: https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItdeqspz8vE4klF3m7MeoiMHWRWhrhXc0 

*We welcome people who identify as individuals with disabilities, with conditions, or as self-advocates to add to our discussion.



We are HeRe for you!

Thank you to everyone that attended the Mental Health Lunch and Learn!

We feel that many of you enjoyed the sessions and many are already looking forward to an additional Lunch and Learn down the road. During the sessions, there were several things that Andy Hagler, from the Mental Health Association in Forsyth County, mentioned that are helpful when dealing with stressful situations. We feel that everyone can benefit from these helpful tips. When dealing with stress, try these different tips: show compassion to yourself and others, being thankful and returning kindness can help your health, laugh a little at different times, take deep breaths, unplug from technology occasionally, restore your brain and body by getting adequate rest, connect with people you like and who inspire you, feel inspired whether by nature, people, or self, and thinking positive thoughts. Please contact Haleigh Yarboro if you would like a flyer with more in depth notes on these topics.


Just a friendly reminder!

The Winston Salem location has a $250 referral bonus program for any current employee that refers a blind or visually impaired candidate or sighted/temporary candidate to IFB.
Please contact HR for referral bonus program criteria. Associates at other locations should ask your HR Manager or supervisor for the specific programs available at your location.

Job Announcements

Optical Customer Support Agent- Winston Salem

Education and work experience:
• High School diploma or equivalent
• Bilingual English and Spanish a plus but not required
• 1 year minimum of customer service experience required

External candidates may apply at
Internal candidates may apply at


BSC Delivery Driver- Macdill AFB

Education and work experience:
• High School graduate or equivalent

External candidates may apply at
Internal candidates may apply at

For more information

Please contact Brent Burkholder at 336-245-5611 or bburkholder@ifbsolutions.org.


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