SIA Women in Security Forum Announces CAN DO Challenge to Combat Food Insecurity

WISF kicks off fourth annual CAN DO Challenge, encouraging the security industry to help overcome hunger during the holidays.

SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Security Industry Association (SIA) Women in Security Forum (WISF) has announced the 2023 CAN DO Challenge, a six-week charitable initiative from Oct. 17–Nov. 28 to encourage professionals and companies across the security industry to combat food insecurity.

CAN DO – spearheaded by the SIA WISF UpliftHER Subcommittee (formerly called the Charitable Giving Subcommittee) – is about “alleviating hunger as part of our industry’s collective commitment to human safety and well-being,” according to the association announcement.

Security professionals and organizations can participate by donating “cans” or “doing” acts – including delivering or serving meals, the announcement says.

“Women are more likely to suffer from food insecurity than men and are biologically more prone to malnutrition,” said Margie Gurwin, SIA WISF UpliftHER Subcommittee co-chair and owner of Content Creation Partners, in the SIA announcement.

“Since the first CAN DO Challenge in 2020, this annual giveback event has helped nourish thousands of America’s most vulnerable, thanks to the generosity of SIA members,” she says.

“This year, we’re making it easier for individuals to participate and contribute through partnerships with Philadelphia-based Philabundance and New York City’s Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries (RMM),” says Liz Gyuris, UpliftHER co-chairperson and channel engagement manager at RAJANT Corporation, in the announcement.

“People can shop virtually for grocery items on the Philabundance site or choose items from RMM’s Amazon Wish List and ship them directly to the ministry,” she says. “In addition, we are encouraging exhibitors at ISC East to pack extra snack items to donate to RMM’s Snack Pack program at the end of the show.”

More About the CAN DO Challenge

Here are some other ways you and/or your company can participate in the CAN DO Challenge:

  • Pick a beneficiary personally in your community to serve.
  • Get your company involved in collecting or serving food locally.
  • Create a video and socialize in your sphere.
  • Email your company, colleagues, SIA membership, friends, etc., or post on social media about the challenge. Don’t forget to take pictures and use the suggested hashtags #WISF, #CanDoChallenge and #EndHunger for amplification.
  • Remember, if your only giving option is donating money, that still counts as kindness. It’s better to give how you CAN than not at all. Links are available to a wealth of charitable food banks.

Donations made by exhibitors at ISC East 2023 can be accepted at SIA’s ISC East booth, #1037.

The WISF UpliftHER Subcommittee is currently seeking volunteers to join the subcommittee and support the WISF community’s charitable efforts, including the CAN DO Challenge. Interested individuals can sign up to volunteer here.

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