Helping Hand

Join The Washington Post to help end hunger, homelessness and poverty in the D.C. area.

The Washington Post has launched Helping Hand, a new nonprofit giving initiative. 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 Washington Post is launching its third cycle of Helping Hand, a nonprofit giving initiative started by The Post to help connect the D.C. community with local nonprofit organizations. Helping Hand is currently seeking letters of inquiry from human services nonprofits that work toward the prevention and remediation of hunger, homelessness and poverty, in the Washington, D.C. area for a three-year commitment.
2021-2023 The Washington Post Helping Hand Beneficiaries
Provides food, clothing, medical care, and legal and social services to reduce the burden of poverty.
To donate by check, mail to Bread for the City, Attn: Development, 1525 Seventh St. NW, Washington, DC 20001
Empowering individuals to rebuild their lives, find homes, get jobs, and reconnect with friends, family, and the community, permanently.
To donate by check, mail to Friendship Place, 3655 Calvert St. NW, Washington, DC 20007
From meals to housing, Miriam’s Kitchen plays a critical role in the fight to end chronic homelessness in D.C.
To donate by check, mail to Miriam’s Kitchen, Attn: Development, 2401 Virginia Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20037
About helping hand
The charitable giving initiative has raised a total of $1.4 million for Washington, D.C.-area nonprofits focused on alleviating hunger, homelessness and poverty since its inception in 2014.
The Washington Post Helping Hand announced it has successfully raised over $250,000 in the 2018-2019 season bringing the total funds raised to $1.14 million since the charitable giving initiative began in 2014.
John Kelly Columns
Washington Post readers donated more than $260,000 to three local Helping Hand charities: Bread for the City, Friendship Place and Miriam’s Kitchen.
In December alone, Esther Ford from Miriam's Kitchen found apartments for eight people.
If you've grown up in poverty and despair, becoming an "adult" isn't as easy as it sounds.
What would you do with a $5,500 deposit to spend however you liked?
The streets are dangerous and cold. Friendship Place's La Casa is safe and warm.
Bread for the City's clothing room has something for everyone.
“Even the healthiest person thrown into homelessness will develop all kinds of health issues.”
“The power is in the numbers. We’re trying to teach people in the community how to organize.”
Is it hard to go up to homeless strangers and just start talking to them?
”Folks can come in and hopefully relax and enjoy making art just for the sake of relaxation.”
“Our goal is to help as many individuals as we can with what I call full legal representation.”
“Whoever would have thought I would make it this far?”