The Washington Post Helping Hand today announced it has successfully raised over $250,000 this season bringing the total funds raised to $1.14 million since the charitable giving initiative began in 2014.

“The response from our readers in support of Post Helping Hand and its beneficiaries has been overwhelming and gratifying,” said Frederick J. Ryan Jr., publisher and CEO of The Post. “These generous donations lead to educational opportunities and services to remediate poverty, hunger, and homelessness, and we are honored to play a role in helping the community where we are headquartered.”

More than $620,000 was raised for the 2014-2016 beneficiaries: Community of Hope, Homestretch and Sasha Bruce Youthwork. Post Helping Hand is currently in the second year of the 2017-2019 cycle with beneficiaries Bright Beginnings, N Street Village and So Others Might Eat and has raised more than $520,000.

Post Helping Hand was created to facilitate significant financial donations directly to human service nonprofit organizations in the Washington, D.C. region through Local Columnist John Kelly’s high-impact, in-depth narratives about those in need and the programs that assist them. To learn more, visit www.posthelpinghand.com.