Who We Are
Hundreds of thousands of
mothers watching their children go to sleep each night in beds
rather than on the floor. Children picking out their school clothes
each morning from dressers rather than plastic garbage bags. Low-income,
pregnant adolescents receiving the care-taking skills needed to
raise healthy babies. Recently-homeless parents learning – and
putting into practice – the basic life skills needed to obtain and maintain employment. Children and adults having the dignity and opportunity that everyone deserves.
In 2013 alone, A Wider Circle furnished the homes of more than 15,000 children and adults and delivered more than 400 educational programs. We also recycled more than 3,000,000 pounds of furniture and home goods - collecting these items from those who had more than they needed and distributing them free of charge to those who had nothing. More than 10,000 volunteers came to serve at A Wider Circle in 2013.
A Wider Circle has twice been named “one of the best" charities by the Catalogue for Philanthropy. The organization has also received the Washington Area Women’s Foundation Leadership Award. Its founder, Dr. Mark Bergel, has received the Dr. Augustus White III Award for Civic Engagement and Service, the Greater DC Cares Essence of Leadership Award, the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region’s Linowes Leadership Award, and the Andrea Jolly President's Award from the Montgomery County Corporate Volunteer Council. In 2010, Dr. Bergel was also chosen as one of People Magazine and Major League Baseball's "All Stars Among Us."
A Wider Circle has also been honored to have the Examiner describe the organization as “an all-inclusive reservoir of support for those in need… an example of the grassroots movement at its best.”