2021-2023 The Washington Post Helping Hand Beneficiaries

Bread for the City

Provides food, clothing, medical care, and legal and social services to reduce the burden of poverty. 

Friendship Place

Empowering individuals to rebuild their lives, find homes, get jobs, and reconnect with friends, family, and the community, permanently. 

Miriam's Kitchen

From meals to housing, Miriam’s Kitchen plays a critical role in the fight to end chronic homelessness in D.C. 

When his wife was sick, this D.C. man turned to Bread for the City

"There’s nothing that they won’t do for us — for all of us.”

Bridge housing can be the link between homelessness and a home

When a person experiencing homelessness leaves the streets, the streets don’t magically leave the person.

Free, tasty meals provide a reason to visit Miriam’s Kitchen

Some people will come for meals for years before taking up the group’s offer to match them with a case worker.

Flocking to Bread for the City for Thanksgiving turkeys — and more

"We’re here to help. We can’t help with everything, but we’re here to lighten the load a little bit this holiday season.”

Friendship Place is on a mission to help homeless veterans

“It was the greatest thing that ever happened in my life, that when I needed something, they were there,” said Robert “Bobby” Gerino, an Air Force veteran.

At Miriam’s Kitchen, people without homes can find more than a meal

“What Miriam’s Kitchen did for me is kept me from being depressed, because I always had something to do.”

Helping Hand is back to raise money for District charities

Sometimes, our fellow humans need our help. That's what Helping Hand is for.

We ended our Helping Hand charity campaign on the highest of notes

We started this year's Helping Hand campaign not knowing how it would end. The result? Success.

Bread for the City saved his life. Now he gives back to the D.C. charity.

Bread for the City and Harold Valentine both work to improve life in the Shaw area of D.C.

Understanding their LGBTQ clients is important to the people at Friendship Place

“It's about embracing their humanity,” says the CEO of the charity fighting homelessness in the District.

At Miriam’s Kitchen, housing advocates lead the charge for change

At this District charity, advocacy means showing others that you care -- and they should, too.

At the Brooks, a temporary home for District families in need

The Brooks, run by Friendship Place, is a safe harbor where homeless families can get back on their feet.

Equity and inclusion is a main ingredient at Miriam’s Kitchen

The D.C. charity embraces a goal beyond providing meals and finding homes for individual people experiencing hunger and homelessness.

Tenants facing eviction have Bread for the City in their corner

Housing lawyers at this D.C. charity help renters keep their homes.

Miriam’s Kitchen reaches the unhoused where they live: On the streets

Every day, Miriam's Kitchen workers visit the tent cities that dot Washington's parks.

‘Gregory has an apartment’: Friendship Place helps a man into his own home

After years spent on the streets, a District man has a new home, thanks to Friendship Place.
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The Washington Post Helping Hand

The Washington 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.
  • Jun 22, 2017

The Washington Post Helping Hand names its 2021-23 beneficiaries

The Washington Post Helping Hand, a charitable giving initiative, today announced the selection of Bread for the City, Friendship Place and Miriam’s Kitchen as the three beneficiaries of the 2021-2023 cycle. Over the next three winter holiday seasons, Local Columnist John Kelly will highlight the work of each nonprofit through bi-weekly “John Kelly’s Washington” columns in The Washington Post. Post Helping Hand will help facilitate direct donations from readers to the nonprofits through Kelly’s column.
  • Oct 27, 2021

How to apply to The Washington Post Helping Hand

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.
  • Jun 22, 2017

The Washington Post Helping Hand raises record $816k for beneficiaries Bright Beginnings, N Street Village and So Others Might Eat

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.
  • Jan 15, 2020

The Washington Post Helping Hand raises record $1.1 million to support local nonprofits

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.
  • Jan 15, 2019