We understand that trying to make a difference can be confusing and difficult – that’s why our team of experts is here and ready to help you make an impact while having a great time!
Kits for a Cause is a division of the Bargains Group, a Canadian company that’s been in business for almost 30 years, providing non-profits and social services with supplies they need at a wholesale price. We have everything a non-profit or social service would need from socks, underwear, hygiene products to school supplies and custom logo’d gear.
Because giving back is not just good for business, it IS our business, we established Kits for a Cause, our social enterprise that is changing the way employee engagement or group volunteering looks across the country.
We are on a mission to engage groups in making an impact while ensuring their employees or group has fun doing it! Our goal is to provide our non-profit and social services partners with the supplies they so desperately need and to connect them to people and/or companies that care.
Kits for a Cause provides you with everything you need to host a kit packing event in your office, at your next conference or even in your local place of worship. Our team coaches you on how to run an employee engagement or group bonding activity that is seamless from start to finish, while ensuring that the kits you build are exactly what the charities need. If you do not already have a cause in mind, we have hundreds of non-profit partners across the country to pair you with. Our kits are customizable, because we believe that there is a kit for everything; Back to School Success Kits, Hygiene Kits, Winter Warmth Kits, Patient Care Kits, Cancer Kits, Kidney Dialysis Kits, Women’s Shelter Kits, etc. In three easy steps we can send you all of the supplies necessary to build the kits, connect you with a cause, as well as a tool kit to ensure your event is a great success!
We know that nowadays people want to make a positive impact, but don’t always know where to start. We’re here to make it easy, fun and allow you to see the difference that your company is making in your community and around the world.
Kits for a Cause is a social enterprise that is changing the way employee engagement and group volunteering look.
Jody Steinhauer, Chief Bargain Officer
Jody Steinhauer has mobilized her award-winning discount wholesale and promotional products company to revolutionize the business landscape.
As a Canadian female entrepreneur, Jody uses her network of resources and leveraged buying power to aid every company and not-for-profit agency that she touches to maximize their buying dollar. Since 1988, Jody has grown Bargains Group from her apartment to a multi-million-dollar- a-year business. She is also often sought out for speaking engagements due to her successful entrepreneurial business experience, and has been featured in various media outlets, and is an official Huffington Post blogger.
Pioneering her belief of “giving back makes good business sense”, Jody is a tireless not-for- profit advocate, and the founder of the national charity, Engage and Change, and its two annual initiatives, Project Winter Survival and Project Water. Through these projects, Engage and Change helps thousands of homeless throughout Toronto and the surrounding area survive the extreme weather conditions while engaging and enabling citizens of all ages to donate their time to their local community through sponsored group engagement events.
Her model of “brokering goodness” has worked with some of the top industry leaders in both the corporate and philanthropic spheres.
Jody’s achievements include: Toronto Region Board of Trade’s Business Leader of the Year Award, Rotman Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, Toronto Board of Trade-Business Excellence Award, Kaufman Community Award, FLARE Magazine Volunteer of the Year-two time finalist, PPPC Award for Humanitarian of the Year, Women of Influence Local Hero Award, POWER Mentor Excellence Award, Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Culture Award-two time finalist, Canada’s Profit W100 Recipient, and recipient of the TD Paul Croutch Award.
Lauren Ott, Chief Kits Officer
Lauren Ott is a social entrepreneur who connects leading Canadian businesses, families and organizations to causes that they care about.
After spending time teaching at a public high school on the side of a volcano in Ecuador, Lauren returned to Canada to connect her passion for community with a career in driving impact across the country and beyond.
While she began her career working on Parliament Hill, Lauren went on to work for WE, formerly known as Free The Children for five years. Her roles there included working on their international trips team in communities in the Amazon region, as Co-Founder Craig Kielburger’s right hand for strategy and engagement and eventually she went onto to be the Director of Business Development and was responsible for funding and engagement from Saskatchewan to Atlantic Canada.
Most recently Lauren joined Jody as the Chief Kits Officer of Kits for a Cause. Lauren is thrilled to be able to provide companies and groups a twist on the traditional employee engagement model, by giving them the tools to bond as a team and make an impact on local charities along the way.