Who: Kelly & Jeremy Bendler

Where: Cornhole Tourney At Their Home in Downtown Silver Spring

For: Shepherd’s Table


Q. What inspired you to host a party and tie a charitable cause into it?

One of our family goals over the last 2 years has been to get more involved in the community and to give back more.  As a family, we can help further the charitable causes that we believe in.  As advocates for the cause or organization we can help others to see the value in contributing resources and the effects are multiplied.  If those who attended the first annual Shepherd’s Table cornhole tournament tell a friend, volunteer or get involved then it was a big success.  A party is an easy way to spread the word and spread the mission and frankly – we are always willing to throw a party.

Q. Why Shepherds Table?

We believe in the work that Shepherd’s Table is doing and we want to get others involved.  We have gotten to know the organization, leadership, directors, staff, goals, and mission over the last 18 months and we are committed to doing what we can to help the organization.

Q. How did you organize/ask guests?

Kelly sent a quick invitation with details through Evite.com and folks confirmed their attendance online.

Q. What did you collect?

We collected $50 per couple payable directly to Shepherd’s Table.  Some couples donated more.  Kelly and I were happy to provide all of the food and refreshments.

Q.  How easy was it to drop off the donated items? 

Scott Davison, Deputy Director of ST,  was there to collect most of the checks collected at the event.  I dropped off a few late arrivals on Tuesday when I took my office staff and a few clients to Shepherd’s Table to prepare, serve and clean up a Bright Meal.

Q. Would you do it again?

I consider the recent event the first annual.  I expect many more events to come!

About Shepherd’s Table

Shepherd’s Table provides help to people who are homeless or in need by providing basic services, including meals, social services, medical support, clothing, and other assistance in an effective and compassionate manner.

Fresh fruits and vegetables, grains and spices are always welcomed by the chefs at ST. They also accept kitchen supplies, gently used adult clothing and unopened toiletries. Check out their wishlist for specific items.

In it’s 34 years of operation, ST has never once missed serving a meal to their clients. In 2017 alone they plan to serve over 100,000 meals!

Here are some ways you can help:

Serve Meals
Become a Driver for Food Pick-Up
Sort Clothing
Assist in the Resource Center
Volunteer in the Eye-Clinic or Resource Center
Gardens for Good

To learn more visit www.shepherdstable.org.

Do you know a Silver Spring Superhero? Let us know! Email heather@silverspringcares.org today!