The Washington Post created Helping Hand as a giving initiative to help connect the D.C. area community with local nonprofit organizations.

 Helping Hand will partner for a three year period with three human services nonprofits which provide direct assistance to individuals and families in need. Human services nonprofits are those that focus on the prevention and remediation of poverty, hunger, homelessness, and the advancement of reading, writing, and STEM education for low-income residents of the D.C. metro area.

 Human services organizations are invited to apply for a three year term as a Helping Hand beneficiary. The Post will consider human service nonprofit organizations who are registered 501(c)(3) organizations in the Washington, D.C. area which provide direct assistance to families and individuals. Organizations will be selected based on their programs, financial management and most importantly, their ability and willingness to help provide suitable and detailed story ideas. A committee of employees from The Post will select the three beneficiaries.

 The Post will work with the selected organizations to source in-depth, high-impact stories about the people supported by the programs of its partner nonprofit organizations. The first set of these stories will begin running in the newspaper and online in John Kelly’s column in late November 2017 and continue through early January 2018. For each of the three years the nonprofit is a beneficiary, a new series of articles will run every winter, driving donors directly to the organizations. Readers will be able to donate directly to the nonprofits they read about.

For more information including the launch of the holiday campaign, please visit www.posthelpinghand.com