MISSION: Louisiana Hurricane IDA

OPERATION IDA RELIEF: NGO partner collaboration in Louisiana in assisting with hurricane IDA that wiped out 10,000’s of homes throughout southern Louisiana.

DEC 29th 2021: 

NGO Partners: #thirdwavevolunteers #cajuncommissary #SWUnitedWay #footprintproject #Ferreirafoundation #Internationalmedicalcorps  #Unitedhoumanation #bridgeside #spacex #AmericanLegionpost31 #Tesla, #Smartaid,  #Bridgesidetelehealth #USdisastercoordination #jennysjeepersk9  #verison #Newuseenergy #WUSAH and many more to be added soon in this ongoing missions.  

December 7th 2021: Third Wave Volunteer and Cajun Commissary command camp has moved to Grand Isle at the request of the Mayor of Grand Isle. The mission is focused on food, wifi, solar and tele-health and other volunteer groups are welcome to stay at our camp.

A large Thank you to International Medical Corps who helped provide a large medical and volunteer tent, refrigerators, medical aid, lights and many aid items towards this disaster- We are only stronger if we all work together.

Thank you Tiffany at Cajun Commissary for being our mamma bear host we love you- They ripped her family house camp down yesterday- we are sorry for your loss.

OCT 26th 2021: 

For the past two months Third Wave Volunteers and other partner orgs ( see above or below for orgs) ) have been running a VOLUNTEER command post which gets medical, tele-health, solar, water filtration, wifi, food and general cleaning supply aid into the destroyed communities of Louisiana. We are all stronger together and work alongside our partners: Cajun Commissary, Footprint Project, Tesla, SpaceX, International Medical Corps, Ferreira Foundation, Smartaid, United Way(Southern Louisiana), Bridgeside, American Legion Post 31, New Use Energy, jennysjeepersk9 and The United Houma Nation.

Together we have touched the lives of 10,000’s of people and we wont give up and will stay long after the other help leaves.
This disaster is catastrophic and there are so many areas still without electricity and 10,000’s of homes won’t have electricity until 2022 and winter is moving in. Third Wave are solar lighting up the darkest areas with these long lasting solar lights that last 12 hours straight and recharge in the free sun- each one costs 11$ and we hope to raise enough to donate lights to 16 neighborhoods which is around 20,000 people.
Become a light farmer and bring joy to those without.

September 19, 2021 by Dr. Alison Thompson- Founder- Third Wave Volunteers.

UPDATE: SEPT 19Th 2021

Operation IDA Relief : Third Wave Volunteer sustainable solar command camp ( created for us by The Footprint Project and Tesla) is running smoothly with new additions daily. Our mobile medical Telehealth units are searching remote areas for medical needs and there are many sick people testing positive with the new Delta strain of Covid.

Frail 4 week old baby Emma was just diagnosed with Covid along with her mum and whole family. Many families we spoke to told us they were finally moving away to another state that was safer and drier. The ten kids living in a shed with covid and mold growing on their walls all tested negative last night so we had a little dance party with them.
Monday we start a new tele-health program to remote areas so patients can talk to doctors online via or version router and call in prescriptions etc.
Thank you to all our donors who help us daily to keep helping Louisiana after catastrophic hurricane IDA a few weeks ago.
In the past few days we have had great physical donations of important medicines for our mobile field hospital and aid for the people.

A beautiful family has formed between the volunteers and the locals and on Friday night( for volunteer colonel Marks birthday) a local man slow cooked us a tender alligator in a spicy red creole sauce and it was delicious.

UPDATE: Sept 12th-
Yesterday was Sept 11th 2001 where Third Wave Volunteers started as first responders in the attacks in NYC in 2001. After our work there we started a volunteer movement to focus on love and humanity to help people all over the world based on LOVE IN ACTION.

Volunteers have been very busy on the ground and have created a solar city command camp thanks to the #Footprintproject #Newuseenergy and #Tesla and we have been pushing tonnes off aid and medical help out to the people. Louisiana is in a very bad way with the hurricane and the many tornados that ripped through 1000’s of communities. Covid is also rampart everywhere and our medical staff are very busy.
Your donations really help. We will be working hard in Louisiana for at least the next 3 months. Sign up to volunteer.

September 6, 2021 by Dr. Alison Thompson- Founder- Third Wave Volunteers.

Our Joint NGO command center is ready in Houma, Louisiana – branching out into areas to provide medical, #Bridgsidetelehealth,  health checks, food, cleaning aid, solar lights, water filters, Wifi /solar units, solar trailers and huge LOVE.

Thank you to Tiffany, Mark, Chris, Will, Nate and Ashley and the collaboration with #cajuncommissary #footprintproject #Ferreirafoundation #Internationalmedicalcorps #spacex #verison #Tesla, #Smartaid,  #Bridgesidetelehealth #USdisastercoordination #jennysjeepersk9 #SWUnitedWay   #thirdwavevolunteers  #Unitedhoumanation #AmericanLegionpost31 #Newuseenergy

#Buildbackgreener #labordaylabor #laborday #louisiana, #HurricaneIDA #IDA #recovery #solar #resilience #love #thirdwaveVolunteers #alisonthompson #community #donate #alisonthompson #philantropy #adeliveryoflove #signup #joinus #dogood #thirdwavevolunteers.com #Volunteer #volunteers #volunteerism #giveback 


COVID Pandemic Dec 29th 2021: – 820,000 USA Covid deaths- 53.3 million covid cases in USA. 5.4 million deaths worldwide- 240 million cases worldwide.

 The past two years have been brutal with our nurses and medical volunteers battling covid-19 and the Delta variant in hospitals nationwide- a new variant named Omnicron from South Africa is spreading even faster than the Delta variant and is setting records all over the world. Omnicron also made it into my own home with my husband contracting it over Christmas. Demand is high once again for N95 masks and home-covid testing kits and volunteers have recently sent out another 100,000 N95 masks to nursing homes and hospitals in need- bringing the total of N95 masks donated to 1.8 minion masks nationwide. 



USA: 26.7 million Covid cases- 456,000 deaths.
While a billion people around the world await their Covid vaccinations -the need for N95 masks and PPE is still very high. Please continue to donate OR give us input of where to send masks to your community.

Over the past year Third Wave Volunteers have delivered over 1.7 million N95 masks to health providers, hospitals, fire rescue, police, disabled and nursing homes, Navajo and other tribes, prisons and schools to 50 states across the nation via fundraising and mask donors. Each mask zip-code has been GIS mapped. A huge thank you to our donors: The Miami Foundation, Roseanne, Pershing Square Foundation, UPS, JAKAdvisors, G-13, The AFYA Foundation and Webb Banks.

Love Dr. Alison Thompson.

Covid-19 PANDEMIC -November 6th 2020
USA 9.7 million Covid cases -235,000 deaths.
Yesterday there were 121,000 new covid cases in one day setting a new record. Experts, doctors and scientists say we are in for a harsh winter. Our N95 mask project has donated over 800,000 N95 masks and we are still working strong.100% Donations go to buy N95 masks to send nationwide.

Covid-19 PANDEMIC- June 12th UPDATE:
USA: 2 million covid cases- 110,000 deaths.
Covid is rising in 25 states and 1000’s of Americans die daily. Many states re-opened to save their economies but have noticeable spikes in rising Covid-19 numbers.

Florida had 1900 new cases overnight. Arizona and Alabama hospitals are nearly at full capacity. The long lists of needs for N95 masks and PPE reflect this is far from over. All of you have helped donate over 450,000 N95 masks nationwide to first responders in hospitals, fire, police, Riker’s island NY and Homestead Florida prisons, disabled homes, abused women’s homes, LAFD, NYPD, Florida firefighters and the Navajo nations.
We won’t give up but we need your help with more donations to keep the help moving.

Everyone’s Needed!

Love Dr. Alison Thompson-

COVID 19 PANDEMIC – APRIL 5th 2020 Update:

Thanks to your donations Third Wave Volunteers have sent out 260,000 N95 masks to frontline first responders and health providers and we have a million more N95 masks on the way.
Keep donating we are moving fast with our trusted network of 1000’s of health providers. We have volunteers in 50 states working fast with no red tape to get help to the front line.

Covid-19 PANDEMIC- Feb 5th 2020

Third Wave Volunteers are getting important personal protection equipment (PPE) out to first responders and health providers who need N95 masks, face shields and gowns to protect themselves from this invisible Covid virus.
We have donated over 20,000 N95 masks to health providers and essential frontline workers and medical facilities nationwide. ( including Puerto Rico, Haiti and the Bahamas.)

We are here for the long haul- this disease will be with us at least 18 months- Covid-19 feels very different and more dangerous to the previous ones I have worked in around the world.

Everyone will be needed to step up and wear masks.

Love Dr. Alison Thompson

(Our Third Wave Volunteer founder Dr. Alison Thompson is a rescue paramedic and mass-casualty disaster commander with a Doctorate in the Humanities. She was a Sept 11th first responder and has spent the past 22 years running refugee camps, field hospitals and resilience hubs around the world including the Syrian and Venezuela refugee crisis.)

Please donate to help us all achieve this important mission. “Everyone’s needed.”

MISSION: Hurricane Dorian Bahamas 2019-2020

Thanksgiving Flyer
Bahamas Data
Infographic Bahamas 2

Hurricane Dorian Bahamas:

 Third Wave Volunteers mission operations have been firing on all cylinders in Grand Bahamas & Grand Abaco for the past year. Our recent mission brought us to Abaco and Sweetings cay where volunteers delivered 100 sets of donated PANDA KITCHEN cabinets for the new homes.

Our new sponsor “Webb Banks” stepped up to provide great contacts on the ground in the Bahamas and kind donations. (Webb banks are a wine and spirits company distributing all over the Caribbean) so it made sense to collaborate with their contacts to get help with aid distribution. 

The NMMA ( National Marine Manufactures Association) also stepped up in a huge way with donations from their hundreds of patrons.  

Within this time we’ve shed blood, sweat, and tears contributing: 2500 local and USA Third Wave Volunteers contributing their time, love & energy on the ground in the Bahamas and in the Miami Warehouse plus 200 plane flights of aid, rescue/ volunteer and evacuee transportation 42 containers of aid shipped from our Miami Warehouse -800,200 lbs total aid shipped to Grand Bahama & Grand Abaco

Donations of 40,000 solar lights, tarps and water filtration straws and bucket units weeks worth of pet food for homeless dogs and cats who survived the hurricane whilst partnering with The Humane Society and Freeport Veterinary Clinic. 

Cut through 50 miles of downed power lines and trees in the east end of Grand Bahama. Thank you True Tree service Ian and Seb. 

Assisted with 15 highly successful Church Fairs reaching over 20,000 attendees. These fairs run on an all welcome basis opening to the general public, not only for church members. TWV donate multiple containers of aid to each church which are then displayed in categories of food, medical supplies, personal hygiene products, cleaning supplies, snacks, clothes, and water, etc. Our crew is feeling so humbled with how fulfilling it’s been to support and work on the fairs together with the church members and locals community.

Thanksgiving dinner for 2500 people. 

One of the most rewarding experiences was hand-delivering over 6,800 presents to the children of Grand Bahama  Abaco and the outer islands on our Bahamas Christmas Drive. We collaborated with Captain Rob, Rob Jr, Miami Beach schools and police and fire stations and raised money to buy a DC3 charter plane to transport the presents. 

Creating the Bahamas Resilience Alliance initiative in Miami with City of Miami District 2 and the local Miami Bahamian churches and working alongside the Bahamian Christian counsel with 100’s of preachers from 52 churches across Freeport has been our most powerful asset in reaching the masses in Grand Bahama and Grand Abaco. Here we were able to do data collection and GIS mapping of the areas in most need.

Hurricane Dorian: Bahamas- 2019.

From the moment we first set foot on Sweetings Cay island in the Bahamas we fell in love with her.  We decided to adopt the island to recover, rebuild and continue our focus as each disaster phase progresses. We have a home base set up with volunteer tents and everyone loves camping out on the Cay with Ruffy the puppy and all the beautiful locals who have become family to us. On Sweetings Cay we have given love, hope, friendship along with generators, aid, water, water filtration units, solar lighting, fixed church roofs, cleaned and mucked out houses, planted food seeds, ocean and shoreline clean up and are working on cleaning up and restoring the turtle park. 

A special shoutout to our amazing Third Wave pilots Rob, Jose, Angel & Edwardo for their continued service to this very important mission. None of this could have happened without the contribution of our wonderful donors, like yourself.

From the bottom of our hearts, each and every one of us at Third Wave Volunteers are eternally grateful for your continued love & support to this important hurricane relief mission in Grand Bahama and Grand Abaco.

Everyone’s needed, thank you for doing your part!

MISSION: Hurricane Michael – Florida Panhandle 2018-2019

Third Wave Volunteers Hurricane Michael Aid Delivery 10 2018

Why we do what we do - Facebook Sponsor Third Wave Volunteers

For the past 9 months, since Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle, Third Wave volunteers have been working in the disaster zones of Mexico Beach and Panama City areas.

We call it the ”The forgotten Florida Panhandle disaster” as there are not many organizations left here to help and there are still 10,000’s of people suffering; including veterans under blue trapped homes and elderly people living in tents. Various volunteer activities included search and rescue, solar light deliveries, health checks, water testing, aid delivery, mental and medical health, cleaning out yards and houses, animal sanctuaries and worked where ever their were gaps and we were needed.

On the morning after Hurricane Michael made landfall, Third Wave SAR search and rescue teams got into Mexico Beach FL and into the bayou on air-boats to rescue people still trapped by trees and debris in their homes. Volunteers gave out solar lanterns, GIS mapping and water testing – along with medical health checks. 

A few days after the hurricane we found the body of a 92-year old man who had lost his house in the hurricane (and lost his wife years earlier) so days after the hurricane he had waded out into the lake with his walker, tied an anchor around his waist and drowned himself. Mental health is one of the most important parts of this disaster. They are the scars you cannot see.

The devastation was greater than many of the disasters we had seen over the past 25 years on US soil and we knew right away we would be working in this area for a long time. The heart of a Third Wave volunteer beats strong. We believe ‘everyone is needed ‘ and there is still so much need in this disaster.

Please sign up for future volunteer projects.

Love Dr. Alison Thompson, Founder- Third Wave Volunteers

MISSION: One Light- Helping Syrian, Iraq and Afghanistan refugees.

Third Wave Volunteers -3 Years helping Syrian refugees in Lesvos-Greece/ Turkey and around the Syrian borders.
ONE LIGHT: Emergency Solar light donation to Syrian, Iraq and Afghanistan refugees in Greece, Macedonia, Turkey and other borders.
The Syrian refugee crisis is dire- how bad is it back in their own countries that these families (with many small children and babies) are forced to walk 1000’s of miles with only what they can carry on their backs. Then pay $2000 per person to pile into overcrowded unsafe small rubber smuggler boats to reach the Greek isle of Lesvos – which is the first entry point to Europe. 
Once on board and approaching the Greek coastline the skipper ( a crook slashes the rubber boat or only gives enough gas to get half way )making it sink so the Greek Coastguard are forced to rescue everyone- but each night many people drown. The refugees arrive cold, wet and hungry and many are in shock- one lady gave birth on the beach a few days ago while 3 others drowned. On arrival volunteers give the refugees dry clothes, food and medical attention and then refugees walk 28 miles up a steep dark mountain to the refugee camps. 

We have had emergency calls over the weekend pleading for solar lights as the large tents and camps in so many areas are pitch black. The lights are 11$ each and we are accepting donations.
From Alison’s blog- Lesvos Greece.
My scary Halloween under a full moon- by Alison Thompson SOS- CALLING ALL ANGELS!!!!
The last time i asked for all the angels in the world to come to help in a SOS call it was after the 2004 tsunami with 300,000 dead. I’m tired and I don’t have time to write on social media but know its importance to get the message out to the world and to get more aid and volunteers here.
 I have had exactly 3 hours sleep in the past 72 hours. No words can describe this exodus of Syrian, Iraq and afghan refugees- 1000’s land 24 hours a day -wet- cold -hungry and traumatized with a lot of babies and children.

 The refugees are kind, humble, good people–many of the women lost their babies on the long walk to freedom. Today one man washed ashore who had left Iraq a year ago after his mother and sister were repeatedly raped by Isis. He had made it to Turkey with them but didn’t have enough money for the smugglers boats (as the Turkish mafia charged 1000’s of $ for refugees to cross a 6 mile stretch to Greece) so he had to work to get the money in turkey where he was beaten daily and his pay later stolen. When he finally reached the boats he said they were beating people and holding guns to their heads and they broke his legs and threw him in the boat- when he was out to sea the smugglers then threw him overboard and laughed when the boat full of children capsized as they jumped onto their get away boat. 
I found him washed up on the beach close to hypothermia-  I blew on his face and warmed him with my close breath- he had made it and he survived. I had to convince him he was finally safe now but his eyes told me he didn’t believe me.
Tonight it is frigid cold and the winds are playing havoc with the refugee boats tipping them over all day. 
So many children died and the ones that made it were blue and wet – we worked hard with CPR to save their lives some survived – others not.
After we arrived back to base we saw 3 refugee boats who had just capsized so we scrambled over the rocks and water to get to them before the sea swallowed them up and scrapped them across the rocks.
 The solar lanterns were a magic box of hope which lit up the makeshift hospital bus along the shore and were given to refugees as they set off on the next part of their journey. (which included a 28 mile walk up a steep mountain carrying babies and children to refugee camps). 

These are just 2 of 1000’s of stories we hear daily and the solutions to this crisis are large but one thing we can do is help these people in front of us – I blow bubbles at the kids and dab perfume on women who haven’t washed in months – tears leak out of my face and we shiver in the cold hugging each other.
I tell them I love them in broken Arabic or Farsi- then later back at the local restaurant at 1 am volunteers meet cry and laugh and try to cope with the past 24 hours of trauma- 
—ready for the next day full of the same– 
love alison
Latest post Friday from syrian refugee crisis in Greece NOV 22nd–
LOVE IS LOVE- where has all the love gone in the world?
Standing on the rocky shores of Lesbos Greece my eyes lock onto two specks of black on the horizon and my heart swells. The refugees are upon us now- terrified wet and hungry- our whistles blow- they are 50 feet from shore and panic and screams begin.
children and babies are quickly passed volunteer via volunteer to the safety of shore and we smile and hug families who were almost swallowed by the sea— some never made it.
Where is all the love in the world?
on landing they kiss the ground and praise God for their lives while others sit in quiet shock- its the quiet ones we worry about.
We can’t solve the larger problems of the world but we can help these people right in front of us.
We rush another hypothermic pregnant woman along the darkened shoreline now lit with magic bright solar puff lights and my care is focused on the heartbeat of two.
Inside the Adventist makeshift bus hospital Dr Michael works alongside muslims, Israelis and christians to save lives. There are no skin colors or religions here- we are frontline soldiers fighting for humanity before we exterminate each other. In front of me stand an educated afghan family whose father has been shot by the Talliban. They paid 26,000$ to cross from turkey to Greece and wait patiently for Maeve to finish cleaning his infected wounds as his young son smiles through his eyes due to his jaw being wired shut from being shot through his jaw.
I reach for a bottle of bubbles to help calm another restless baby and eye two young women in the corner who have been raped by ISIS- they are silent but their eyes trace my every move.
In new eyes I see their journey before and after- heading for the promised land but only finding paper towns. Many of the refugees will be forced to return home and now if the whole world turns against them then iSIS and the rest of the brutal regimes win and will wait for them to return to kill them.
Where is the love in the world?
The turkish mafia charge 1- 2000$ per head for them to cross the deadly sea to freedom- how bad is it back home that the sea is safer than the land? It brings to my mind the jumpers on Sept 11th, 2001.
A flashback to ten days ago with half drowned children dying in our arms and so many more bodies never found.- 2 nights ago a boat of refugees spent 10 hours sinking in their boat and an obese man jumped overboard so that they could live. He was found at 3am alone out in the black sea by James a volunteer from England.
In each new story my brain and emotions shut down to protect the innocent and I snap back into flight as the rescue whistles start again. Ten boat loads later another woman collapses into my love and I stroke her hair and repeat the few Arabic words I know ” Hamdila” Praise God”

The grassroots teams get help straight to the people and the volunteers on the ground help till they drop. From the amazing Rayyan the cook (who feeds 1000’s of refugees daily ), Lesvos Lighthouse Relief volunteers, Dr Michael and his gang of Adventists, the Third Wave Volunteers and to all the other volunteer groups from all over the world.
Aslam Obaid is a Syrian volunteer who stayed to help and he works endless shifts to tie it all together. We are all family now.
Volunteering is a gift from the heart and it beats strong and never gives up.
Here is the LOVE from all nations and our hearts won’t stop until they do.
love is love and the world doesn’t work without it!
love Alison
My OPED in Miami Herald

SKALA SIKAMINEAS, GREECE — Standing in the harbor of this Greek village on the island of Lesbos, I am holding yet another soaking wet little girl with blue lips. Minutes before she had been sinking in the deadly Aegean sea crossing from Turkey to Greece. Her parents had fled Syria with only a cellphone and cash after their house had been bombed and ISIS had shot three generations of their relatives in cold blood.

My heart swells as I spot tiny specks of orange lifejackets bobbing like oranges in a low-riding boat. The rescue whistles blow, and volunteers from all nations jump into action. The refugees are closer now, and 50 feet from shore the screams of terror begin as two panicked refugees jump out, setting off a crushing stampede as children and babies are catapulted from the boat into the dark sea.

Most Syrians don’t swim. I catch sight of a small body in a puffy pink jacket floating away and I plunge into the water to reach her in borrowed time. I struggle to plant my feet on the slippery rocks below as the weight of her lifejacket and wet clothes strain my lazy muscles to work even harder.

By the shore, volunteers call for stretchers in five different languages, but I am focused on one child’s heartbeat. Finding no pulse, I fumble at her clothes, free the airway and pump her tiny chest looking for life. After two cycles of CPR, water sputters from her mouth and I turn her over to allow the sea to escape. She is not in good condition, but she is alive. Children and babies are quickly being passed, volunteer to volunteer, to the safety of shore, and we smile and hug the families who were almost swallowed by the sea.

Back on the shore, I reach for a bottle of bubbles to help calm another restless baby and eye the two teenage girls who have been raped by ISIS. They remain silent, and their dark lashes spy my every move. With new eyes, I scope the refugee journey of heading toward the “promised land,” but finding only paper towns. In Lesbos, I have seen the face of all our gods, where humans embrace and pain is absorbed into a love without borders.

Volunteers work day and night in rain and snow, huddled together around fires and in rental cars, tracking the boats and sending rescue teams out into the angry sea. We rush another hypothermic pregnant woman along the darkened shoreline now lit with magic bright solar lights and wait and pray, always ready with emergency blankets and food and dry clothes.

The volunteers share jubilation in the safe rescues — and bottomless despair when we learn they have capsized and everyone has drowned.

After five months of volunteering in Lesbos, my brain can’t solve the larger problems of a world where leaders are also struggling to find answers. I do know that I can help these suffering humans, but I am not naïve enough to think that a terrorist couldn’t get through any border or inspire people across many nations.

Syria’s civil war is the worst humanitarian crisis of our time. Half the country’s pre-war population — more than 11 million people — have been killed or forced to flee their homes. Last year, more than 800,000 Syrians arrived by sea and in them I have met beautiful, educated families who are just like us.

When did we become so fearful? The Sept. 11 attacks taught me not to live in fear or give in to terrorism. If the world turns its back on the refugees, they will be forced to return to Syria and then ISIS wins.

Where has all the love gone in the world? We are not being asked to go shave our heads and become monks, but to imagine a world where everyone does their part, so that the karma banks will overflow with blue-chip stocks of compassion and we all become “billionaires on the inside.”

Imagine a world where souls are more valuable than money. Isn’t that the way it was meant to be?

It’s easy to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, but now humanity asks us to transform fear into love. To be in the wrong place at the right time.

Dr. Alison Thompson is the founder of Third Wave Volunteers working with Syrian refugees on the Greek island of Lesvos. 

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/op-ed/article58883703.html#storylink=cpy