The Washington Post Helping Hand today announced it has successfully raised over $290,000 in its final season with beneficiaries Bright Beginnings, N Street Village and So Others Might Eat, bringing the final total for the 2017-2019 cycle to $816,666.

“We are thankful to the many readers and Washington Post employees who have generously donated to our Post Helping Hand beneficiaries, helping us exceed our fundraising goals,” said Frederick J. Ryan Jr., publisher and CEO of The Post. “We have enjoyed getting to know this cycle’s organizations who are working tirelessly to alleviate hunger, homelessness and poverty in our community.”

Since its inception, Post Helping Hand has raised over $1.4 million for its beneficiaries. Its inaugural partners during the 2014-2016 cycle include Community of Hope, Homestretch and Sasha Bruce Youthwork.

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. The initiative will select its 2020-2022 beneficiaries in Summer 2020. Visit www.posthelpinghand.com for updates on the application period.