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Jody Steinhauer

President + CBO, the Bargains Group

As President and CBO (Chief Bargain Officer) of the Bargains Group, Jody Steinhauer has mobilized her award winning discount wholesale and promotional products company to revolutionize the business landscape.

A tireless not for profit advocate, Jody is the founder of Project Winter Survival and Project Water, two annual initiatives that help thousands of homeless throughout Toronto. Jody and the Bargains Group also supply hundreds of similar projects across Canada.

“Give Back Where You Live” is Jody’s most recent focus which aims to bridge the gap that exists between the growing need for resources in Canada’s social sector and the abundance of this country’s intellectual capital that remains heavily untapped.

Jody lives in Toronto and is happily married with two wonderful children who have been raised with the “Give Back Where You Live” Philosophy.
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Why Banning the Word 'Bossy' is a Battle That Can't Be Won

For starters, the word "bossy" is just one in an endless list of putdowns directed at women who look to stand out from the crowd. Know-it-all, controlling, pushy; all words meant to discourage someone who gravitates towards leadership. Is the next step to ban all these words as well? Instead of fighting an unwinnable battle to eliminate words, we should be promoting their antonyms.
03/19/2014 09:34 EDT
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Homeless in the Cold: What if You Had Nowhere To Go?

As winter came roaring into Toronto over the past few weeks, many Torontonians -- close to 228,000 to be more exact -- were left in the dark and without power for up to a week as a result of the freezing rain that blanketed the city. In total, the damage and cleanup is estimated to cost the city $106 million. It has been a punishing start to what could be a very long, bitter winter.
01/10/2014 05:25 EST
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Are Screaming Charities Deafening Donors?

Is all this cause marketing too much to care about? Everywhere you turn today, there's another worthy cause trying to get your attention, time, and in all likelihood, money. As a result of the increased marketing noise, I'd argue we've become anesthetized to all the pleas.
08/16/2013 05:21 EDT
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The Most Lethal Weather for the Homeless? Not Cold

The issue of homeless people suffering from dehydration while on the streets is one that has long been marred by ignorance or misinformation. With fresh water so readily available to many of us, it can be hard to imagine someone not being able to have water when they need it most.
07/09/2013 12:24 EDT
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State of the Homeless in Canada

On any given night in Canada, 30,000 people are homeless. These are people -- men, women, and families -- who are unsheltered, in emergency shelters, or in temporary "provisional" accommodations. The report also notes that as many of 50,000 Canadians may be "hidden homeless;" those who are staying with friends, family, or relatives, but it can be difficult to gather correct data for these instances.
06/25/2013 12:25 EDT

This National Volunteer Week, Say Thank You

This year, National Volunteer Week in Canada is April 21 - 27. It's a week-long recognition and celebration of the commitment of the roughly 13.3-million volunteers across Canada. So remember to smile a little wider during National Volunteer Week.
04/07/2013 11:09 EDT
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Helping the Homeless Through Winter

Project Winter Survival is a remarkable event where volunteers come together to help the homeless survive the cold winters. With the growing Canada-wide demand for Project Winter Survival's kits, being able to help as many of the homeless as possible is what my Bargains Group team pushes for, and this year were able to pack and distribute 3,000 kits.
02/13/2013 05:42 EST
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In Vancouver: Homeless and Desperate for Help

Despite all my work with the homeless in Toronto, I had never seen such a concentration of people so desperate for help. There were crowds huddled in doorways purchasing and injecting drugs openly. I was scared. And I was ashamed that I was scared amongst the people I had always tried to support.
01/29/2013 05:45 EST
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Saving Lives with Project Winter Survival

I founded Project Winter Survival in 2000 due to the overwhelming demand by local agencies that struggle to help the homeless survive the frigid Toronto winters each year. We will never let this project end as long as there are homeless people on the street.
01/14/2013 12:10 EST