Family Day 2017, Internal Job Postings, and lots more September news you can use!


Your Source for Springbrook News and Events - September 2017


Family Day 2017 is upon us!!!
We are thrilled to announce our annual Family Day will take place on Saturday, October 14 on main campus. We will have a fun carnival theme for the many activities that will take place in parking lot on lower campus, and will feature food trucks, a talent show, and more. If you have any questions about the day or want to volunteer to help out, just let us know!
September Safety
Fire Prevention

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when thinking about fire prevention:
  • Keep your work area free of waste paper, trash and other items that can easily catch fire.
  • Check on your electrical cords. If a cord is damaged in any way, replace it. Try not to lay cords in places where they can be stepped on, as this will contribute to deterioration of the protective outside coating.
  • ​Don't overload your circuits.
  • Turn off electrical appliances at the end of each day.
  • Keep heat producing equipment away from anything that might burn. This includes copiers, coffee makers, computers, etc.


In the Event of a Fire
  • Upon finding a fire, call 911 immediately and don't hang up with emergency response until told to do so.
  • Close doors when exiting to help limit the spread of smoke and fire throughout the building.
  • Never use elevators during an evacuation.
  • Follow the escape plan and meet at a pre-determined place outside of your building and away from danger.
  • Conduct a headcount to ensure everyone has evacuated.


How to Protect Your Information Online
There are more reasons than ever to understand how to protect your personal information, as major website breaches become ever more frequent. Equifax, one of the three main credit reporting agencies, said that identifying information for 143 million customers had potentially been compromised.
  • How do I know if my personal information has been taken?
  • What if I’m certain my data has been stolen from Equifax?
  • Should I change my passwords?
  • How do I create stronger passwords?
  • Are passwords enough?
  • Won’t security questions protect my data?
Finding a Balance

​From family and friends, to work and other commitments, LifeWorks can help you navigate competing priorities and responsibilities and find a balance.

Explore the many online resources available to you. This month, see our homepage feature, Finding a Balance, where you’ll find links to articles, infographics, a new podcast, and more.

Remember, you can always contact LifeWorks. Our team of expert consultants can help you handle all your competing priorities and find the balance that feels right for you. Contact a consultant today for free, confidential support.
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Lean by Halloween
October 2nd-October 27th
It starts with an innocent taste of 1 little piece of Halloween candy then realizing you’ve chowed down about 10,000 extra calories in treats. Not good, right?

The Lean by Halloween Challenge will assist you by lessening temptations and avoid packing on the pounds. Are you ready to be Lean by Halloween?

Completing this Fitness Challenge is worth 50 points towards your Wellness Incentive Store!

To get started first you must join MyIgnitehealth – login information below!

Sweet Satisfaction – Saying ‘Yes”! to Carbs - October 2nd-October 27th
Not all carbs are created equal! This class is designed to give insight into glucose and the difference between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ carbs.  Exploring your carbohydrate eating patterns is followed with ways to reduce your glycemic load. Type I and Type II Diabetes are explained along with principles for “clean Eating.” The class ends with a series of 15-minute low carb recipes and a list of low carb snack foods.

Completion of this class is worth 15 points towards your Wellness Incentive Store!

Enroll now - visit

First time – Click on ‘Need an account? Create one here.’

Enrollment Code: First 3 letters of your first name + First 3 letter of your last name + 6 digit Date of Birth in “mmddyy” format.
Example: John Smith born Jan 1, 1983: johsmi010183
If you have any questions please contact Vicki Salamon at 607-353-7272 ext 2304 or MyIgnitehealth at 855-206-4690 or email


New Employee Orientation Registration Deadlines

NEO Start Date:
October 9, 2017   
Cutoff for notification of new hire: October 2, 2017

NEO Start Date:
October 23, 2017 
Cutoff for notification of new hire: October 16, 2017
Please contact your HRBP once your new hire has accepted an offer:

Valerie Tiffany
​Main Campus and Facilities

Mat Harby-Conforti – Community Homes

Meredith Muzik – Community Services

Notification dates are hard deadlines. They are set to ensure Springbrook receives OPWDD required minimum clearances before staff orientation. Human Resources is unable to accept new hires into orientation after the posted deadlines.



Community Homes Residential Supervisor

Are you ready for the next step in your Springbrook career? Opportunities are waiting! The Community Homes team is looking for talented, dedicated Direct Support Professionals to join their leadership team as Residential Supervisors. Take a look at the opportunities available today!


​Training Available 

All trainings are located at the Oneonta Campus; check in at the frount desk upon arrival, as room locations may vary

October 5, 2017
SCIP-R Recert - 9a-1p
3 seats available

October 6, 2017
CPR/FA Recert - 9a-3p
1 seat available

October 26, 2017
CPR/FA Recert - 9a-3p
8 seats available

October 27, 2017
SCIP-R Recert - 9a-1p
​6 seats available

If you have any questions about available training sessions, please contact either Rachel Griffis-Grant or Melissa Tansey for more information.



Springbrook Sprouts/Young Athletes Coach

Be part of Springbrook’s first ever Springbrook Sprouts Program. The program is for children of all abilities ages 2-7 years old. As a Sprouts Coach, you will introduce kids to basic sports skills and teach the value of sportsmanship and friendship on and off the field! The program will run every Tuesday/Thursday for six weeks starting October 12. Submit your ​letter of intent to Nicole Sokolowski by October 5!


Your Newsletter

Do you have a colleague in your department that has gone above and beyond? Is there a policy question that you feel the entire organization could benefit from learning more about? These newsletters are for you, and we want to include what matters most!

Please contact Online Content Specialist John Huber to submit any suggestions you have for Springbrook Connect in the future.

Newsletter production will occur earlier in the month starting in October, so please submit any October items by no later than Friday, October 13. 


Community News

​At Springbrook, we recognize that the skill and compassion of our employees extends beyond  the workplace and into the communities we are proud to serve and call home. We want to help  you share your great work with the Springbrook community, in this recurring section of  Springbrook Connect!

If you are a Springbrook employee and are involved in a community program or group  that is hosting an event, please let us know; you may just see your submission featured in the next Springbrook Connect. For example, perhaps you volunteer for an organization that is hosting a 5k for a charitable cause.

Please  do not send announcements such as personal business parties (i.e. Thirty-One, Avon,  Pampered Chef, etc.) or fundraisers for school groups outside of Springbrook (Girl Scout  Cookies, etc.).