Jody Steinhauer
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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.

Entries by Jody Steinhauer

Why Banning the Word 'Bossy' is a Battle That Can't Be Won

(10) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 9:33 AM

As I'm sure you've heard by now, LeanIn.Org, along with the Girls Scouts, are looking to ban the word "bossy" as they feel it discourages young girls from aspiring to be leaders in adulthood. By eliminating the word they are hoping to develop and nurture girls to become...

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Homeless in the Cold: What if You Had Nowhere To Go?

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 2:30 PM

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...

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Are Screaming Charities Deafening Donors?

(9) Comments | Posted August 16, 2013 | 5:21 PM

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. Answer your door at home and it may very well be someone canvassing for a cause. Pick up a phone...

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The Most Lethal Weather for the Homeless? Not Cold

(1) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 6:01 PM

As I sat down to write this blog, the hot summer weather seeped into my office.

Outside of the Bargains Group office it was a sunny, sticky 24 degrees and with our air conditioner on the fritz, it wasn't much cooler inside.

I was out of the...

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State of the Homeless in Canada

(2) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 12:25 PM

On June 19th, Homeless Hub released their State of Homelessness in Canada 2013. I, along with many friends within the not-for-profit sector, was eagerly awaiting the data as the issue of accurately documenting the numbers related to homelessness has been a long standing challenge.

According...

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This National Volunteer Week, Say Thank You

(1) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 8:19 AM

Often in life, it's the smallest things that have the greatest impact.

It seems cliché to say, but it's true that in today's fast-paced technology driven world, people rarely slow down and appreciate the little things.

Thankfully, following Project Winter Survival I'm reminded on a daily basis to sit back,...

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Helping the Homeless Through Winter

(1) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 4:18 PM

Giving back makes good business sense!

This motto is something that has guided me throughout my 25-year entrepreneurial career, reminding me that with any success I have, it's still important to share that success with those less fortunate.

It's the reason I've founded and commit to Project...

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In Vancouver: Homeless and Desperate for Help

(2) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 11:14 AM

You never know what a situation is really like until you see for it yourself. Homelessness in Vancouver is no exception to that rule.

As someone who has a long history of dealing with social service agencies, homeless shelters, and outreach people across Canada, I thought I knew about the...

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Project Winter Survival: Giving the Homeless Hope

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2013 | 11:51 AM

Project Winter Survival "Distribution Day" was so inspiring I just have to share the story with everyone!!!

On a Saturday morning, my Bargains Group team hosted Project Winter Survival -- Distribution Day at our office at 890 Caledonia Road. When I arrived the team was already there, working...

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Saving Lives with Project Winter Survival

(1) Comments | Posted January 14, 2013 | 11:02 AM

It's not every day you get the opportunity to help save 3,000 lives!

This past Saturday, with a great deal of support from sponsors, agencies and my team at The Bargains Group, we launched the 14th annual Project Winter Survival program at the Bargains Group warehouse on 890 Caledonia Road...

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