Mark Bergel of Silver Spring on Friday was named a 2014 CNN Hero.
Bergel, 51, is director of A Wider Circle of Silver Spring, a nonprofit that helps individuals who lack basic everyday items such as a bed.
His story will be featured on CNN. Bergel, who founded the nonprofit out of his house in 2001, is eligible to be the network’s 2014 Hero of the Year.
A Wider Circle serves children and adults who are transitioning out of homelessness, escaping domestic violence or living in poverty.
A Wider Circle on March 29 will sponsor the National Conference on Ending Poverty in collaboration with Montgomery County’s Office of Community Partnerships. In addition, the nonprofit launched its “EveryBODY Needs a Bed” campaign, seeking 10,000 beds by the end of 2014.
More information is at awidercircle.org.