The Washington Post Helping Hand today announced the selection of Bright Beginnings, N Street Village and So Others Might Eat as the beneficiaries for the 2017-2019 cycle of the charitable giving initiative. Over an eight-week period each winter, Local Columnist John Kelly will highlight the work of each nonprofit through bi-weekly columns in “John Kelly’s Washington.” Post Helping Hand will help facilitate direct donations from readers through Kelly’s column and to the nonprofits.

“The Post launched Helping Hand three years ago with the goal of raising money for nonprofits that work to remediate hunger, homelessness and poverty in our community,” said Frederick Ryan Jr., publisher and CEO of The Washington Post. “With the help of our readers, we have been able to raise more than $600,000, and we are excited to continue supporting local nonprofits that are empowering those in need.”

 Meet the 2017-19 beneficiaries

Bright Beginnings is a nationally-accredited child and family development center that offers a bright start for homeless infants, toddlers and preschoolers and their families. Bright Beginnings serves nearly 200 children every day whose families are living in crisis shelters or transitional housing in Washington, D.C. Bright Beginnings offers educational, therapeutic, health and family support services that prepares children for kindergarten and stabilizes their families.

 N Street Village empowers homeless and low-income women in Washington, D.C. to claim their highest quality of life by offering a broad spectrum of services, housing, and advocacy. N Street Village helps women achieve stability and make meaningful gains in their housing, income, employment, mental health, physical health and addiction recovery.

So Others Might Eat is an interfaith, community-based organization that exists to help the poor and homeless in Washington, D.C. SOME meets the immediate daily needs of the people it serves with food, clothing and health care. SOME helps break the cycle of homelessness by offering services such as affordable housing, job training, addiction treatment and counseling to the poor, the elderly and individuals with mental illness.

Post Helping Hand seeks to facilitate significant financial donations directly to human service nonprofit organizations in the Washington, D.C. metro area through high-impact, in-depth narratives about those in need and the programs that assist them. The 2014-2016 cycle highlighted the work of Community of Hope, Homestretch and Sasha Bruce Youthwork.

Readers will be able to donate to the 2017-19 beneficiaries through Post Helping Hand starting in November 2017. Visit for more information.