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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.