WISF CAN DO Challenge
Join WISF in Combating Hunger This Holiday Season
The SIA Women in Security Forum (WISF) is calling upon our friends throughout the security industry and beyond to help overcome hunger in America. For our fourth annual CAN DO Challenge, WISF urges each of us to personally make a difference this holiday season.
Simply donate a “can” or “do” an act – like delivering or serving a meal.
CAN DO is about alleviating hunger as part of our industry’s collective commitment to human safety and well-being. We welcome everyone to participate.
How to participate
It's easy to participate! Get involved with a local charity effort and post a picture of your activities on LinkedIn. Inspire others to do the same and make sure to tag #WISFCanDo so we can track participation. Let us know by emailing SIA Charitable Giving Subcommittee Co-Chairs Liz Gyuris and Margie Gurwin. Tell us the location and name of your company in your message.
Volunteers Wanted! Join WISF's UpliftHER Subcommittee
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.
Your Help Is Needed
The cost of food rose 11% in 2022, and are predicted to rise an additional 5.9% in 2023. Americans are now experiencing the highest rate of food insecurity since December 2020, just before sweeping COVID-era food insecurity relief programs began. Most of those programs have now expired. As primary grocery shoppers and food preparers, women are especially impacted by inflation and rising food prices.
How to Make a Difference
CAN DO means getting involved locally.
Support food pantries. Deliver meals. Distribute care packages. This year, we’re making it extra easy to support two exceptional programs.
Philabundance receives a Four Star rating by Charity Navigator and a 100% score for its Impact and Results. It is the largest hunger-relief organization serving the Delaware Valley, feeding more than 135,000 people each week. Visit WISF's Philabundance page to go shopping! From pasta to peanuts to pears, you can purchase affordable, healthy food in bulk that will go directly to those in need.
Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries (RMM) provides broad services to New York City's Hell’s Kitchen community (just a few blocks northwest of the Javits Center, where ISC East will take place), including a toiletry and snack distribution program. Snack bags and toiletry kits are available at their door to anyone in need, Monday-Friday, year-round. Last year, the WISF CAN DO Challenge collected enough snacks from exhibitors at ISC East to create snack bags that lasted through the end of 2022. Again, we encourage exhibitors to pack extra booth snacks that can be donated to RMM at the end of the show. This year, you can shop on Amazon and have the food delivered directly to RMM. Learn more here.
Additionally, here are a few places you can volunteer:
- Capital Area Food Bank
- City Harvest
- Feeding America
- Kids Against Hunger
- Loaves and Fishes
- Meals on Wheels
- A Meal With Dignity
- Mission 500
Inspire Others to Make a Difference!
We hope that by sharing acts of giving via social media, and tagging our messages as part of the CAN DO Challenge, we can inspire others to do the same. Our goal is to mobilize the strength of the companies where we work, along with the greater security industry as a whole, to make a meaningful difference in all 50 states.
Get the Word Out!
Use videos and images to challenge others to get involved. Here are some resources to get started:
Going to ISC East?
If your company is exhibiting at ISC East, make sure to pack some healthy snacks for your booth staff, with the plan to donate anything left over to Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries' snack bag program.
Donations made by exhibitors at ISC East 2023 can be accepted at SIA’s ISC East booth, #1037.
Our Impact in 2022
In 2022, the third year of this initiative, we saw the greatest level of awareness and industry-wide involvement yet. Thank you to the CAN DO program sponsors, participating companies, RX Global and dedicated individuals who made a difference in combating food insecurity. Let’s do even more in 2023!