Do you know the one question we receive more than any other?
HOW CAN I HELP?
Thousands of amazing volunteers step up to serve and make a positive impact in our community. They inspire us and carry us through the toughest of times. Their commitment to serve gives hope to us all. To honor and celebrate volunteer leaders from all walks of life, Giving DuPage proudly hosts Volapalooza, a countywide Volunteer Recognition event.
Everyone is invited to Volapalooza 2022 taking place on October 27, 2022. Join nonprofit organizations, companies, municipalities and community & faith groups as we recognize over 150 volunteer leaders for their amazing contributions in the DuPage community.
These everyday heroes will be recognized in many ways for their contributions to our community and our celebration will end with a special video tribute to all the Volunteer Honorees. Each Honoree will also receive a beautiful Gratitude Gift as a small ‘thank you’ for their time and dedication to our community.
We’re also excited to announce Alison Thompson, Founder of Third Wave Volunteers, will be our Keynote Speaker at this year’s event!
Alison Thompson is a global humanitarian volunteer running large refugee camps, field hospitals and resilience command hubs in natural disasters around the world for the past 22 years, including, most recently, the Syrian, Afghan, Venezuelan and Ukraine refugee crises. Thompson has been volunteering for over 45 years and holds a Doctor of Letters in the Humanities. She is a trained rescue paramedic and mass incident commander.
Thompson’s full-time volunteer work started as a first responder at the 9/11 attacks in New York City, where she worked at Ground Zero for 9 months. She founded Third Wave Volunteers on September 11, 2001, a nonprofit organization that has grown to a network of over 30,000 volunteers. Her organization supports and coordinates direct aid for natural disasters and displaced people. Their programs include pandemic related missions, disaster search & rescue and aid, medical/tele-health, resilience hubs, clean water, and solar, lighting up the darkest areas of the world.
Alison Thompson has served during every humanitarian crisis we can imagine — from Ground Zero in New York, to the 2004 Tsunami, to Hurricane Katrina, to a devastating earthquake in Haiti and fighting the spread of COVID-19 by helping to deliver 1.8 million N95 masks to underserved communities. In honor of her tireless efforts, she has received many awards and accolades. Please get to know Alison Thompson and read her full bio. We know her special message will resonate with everyone at Volapalooza!
We are looking forward to seeing everyone in person for a long overdue celebration of our community’s volunteers!