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
2017-2019 Washington Post Helping Hand Beneficiaries
Family development center for homeless infants, toddlers and preschoolers and their families.
Empowers homeless and low-income women in D.C. through services, housing and advocacy.
Alleviates homelessness and poverty for D.C. residents and families through housing, training and more.
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
Bright Beginnings, N Street Village and So Others Might Eat will be featured in “John Kelly’s Washington” each winter.
  • Sep 25, 2017
The application period is currently closed.
  • Jun 22, 2017
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
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Bright Beginnings, N Street Village and So Others Might Eat received nearly $300,000.
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A single father works hard to make a good impression on his child.
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The D.C. nonprofit helps women overcome addiction and homelessness.
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After nine months of instruction, Kareem Thomas landed a job. “Never give up,” he said.
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The Southeast D.C. preschool helps children grow in all sorts of ways.
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“If I needed to put my entire story out, I would,” says one.
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“We love D.C. And it is hard when it feels like the only option is to move out.”
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“You want to get out of it, but you need somebody to go to.” She went to N Street Village.
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The self-sufficiency matrix enables teachers to see what a poor family needs to work on.
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“When you’re having a rough day, just playing with the dogs picks you up,” says a participant.
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Those who experienced the problems often come up with the best solutions.
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At the Southeast Washington preschool, the goal is to create healthy children.
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“I never even knew a place like that existed,” says a client of N Street Village.
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The Helping Hand partner has several programs to help D.C.’s elderly residents.
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“We tell our teachers, ‘Get to know your parents, just like you get to know your kids.’ ”
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The Helping Hand partner helps homeless women track down benefits and train for jobs.
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The decision that faced one client: a subway train to take her life or a bus to save it.
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Sometimes, the two-generation approach involves a third generation, too.
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Hotels and restaurants have fresh flowers. Why shouldn’t you see them here?
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“We all took an oath to protect the United States,” Matilda Carroll said. Now you can help her.
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More about Helping Hand

For three years starting winter of 2014, Helping Hand and The Post’s John Kelly will bring attention to three nonprofits supporting those suffering from hunger, homelessness and poverty in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

Later this summer, The Washington Post will launch a new giving initiative called The Washington Post Helping Hand.