PANDEMIC OF LOVE

PANDEMIC OF LOVE WAS BORN ON MARCH 14TH, 2020 AT THE VERY ONSET OF THE COVID-19 CRISIS. SHELLY STARTED THE ORGANIZATION WITH A SIMPLE POST ON SOCIAL MEDIA USING GOOGLE FORMS. ONE SAID GET HELP. THE OTHER SAID GIVE HELP. IT WAS DONE WITH NO FURTHER AMBITION THAN HELPING FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS IN HER OWN SOUTH FLORIDA COMMUNITY.
The following morning Shelly was shocked to find nearly 500 responses from people on both sides of the equation. So, she quickly began individually matching people in need with those willing to help. That morning the Pandemic of Love movement was born.
Within days, requests came pouring in from around the country and, eventually, around the world. Volunteers proceeded to match families in need directly with donors who could fulfill their requests.
Since March 14th, 2020, Pandemic of Love has grown from one person willing to help to a team of nearly 1,000 unpaid volunteers around the world. The grassroots, volunteer-led organization has become a movement. To date, they’ve connected close to 600,000 people directly across nearly 300,000 matches to the tune of more than $39 million in direct transactions.
Pandemic of Love is a “disrupter” among philanthropic organizations. It’s matching people directly; often fostering personal connections and lasting friendships among givers and receivers. It is human at its core. No funds go through Pandemic of Love and the organization has no overhead. Rather, the group connects people with each other and lets the goodness in human nature do the rest.
Now, partnering with social justice organizations to support protestors on the front lines, organizations like Water Warriors United supporting natives living on the Navajo reservations, and Andrew Yang’s Humanity Forward, Pandemic of Love is helping more people through this crisis than ever, and is poised to continue being a force for good well beyond.
Shelly’s audacious goal is to bring a formalized, institutionalized form of mutual aid to every municipality in this US and beyond, helping to create true safety nets for communities that depend on our common humanity.
If you need help, or are in a position to give help, please look for your local Pandemic of Love microcommunity at pandemicoflove.com.