What is the Volée? Oiselle fields a lot of questions on the Volée team, so I sat down with my coworker Mo Manuel to chat about all things to the Volée team. We cover everything from who can join, to what does a membership include and even share the inside scoop on the exclusive Volée Community App. The current opening is from October 13th through October 23rd and we hope you will join us!
Q: What is the Volée?
A: The Volée is a membership based community of a diverse group of women from all running backgrounds and different goals. Women join the Volée for many reasons: to join a run community, to connect with a diverse group of powerful women, to meet a local run buddy, to support girls in sport, to help elite athletes thrive in their athletic pursuits, to expand their network, be part of a feminist mission, and many other reasons. It’s a great place to make lifelong friendships.
Q: Can I sign up for the Volée at any time?
A: Currently we open the Volée 4 times per year, online only: January, April, August, and October. If you are interested in joining the Volée and Oiselle doesn’t currently have an opening, you can sign up to be notified on the Volée pre-registration page.
Q: Can anyone join the Volée?
A: Yes! The Volée is for everyone. It’s a community of women of all ages and paces. Our community is very diverse, in running and life. If you like to run and are open to meeting new people, the Volée is for you!
Q: How much does it cost to join the Volée?
A: Yes! The Volée is an annual team membership that costs $120 per year and it includes some awesome perks! In addition to being connected to Volée team through the exclusive Volée Community App, you receive:
- Volée Welcome Kit
- $40 Oiselle gift code for use in the Volée Team Shop
- Free shipping on all U.S. orders
- Early access to new and limited edition Oiselle product
- Entry to Oiselle's exclusive Volée Team App
- Access to a team leader near you
- Monthly newsletter from The Nest (Oiselle HQ)
- Invitation to team-only events at major races, fan experiences, and unique Volée gatherings such as Big Birdcamp
Q: What if I can’t afford to renew?
A: We believe in lifting our sisters up, and in the spirit of the team we also offer Gift Memberships. Financial constraints are reality for some in this unusual year, and providing the gift of a team membership can make all the difference. Gift memberships can be purchased for a friend, family or teammate. If you do not have a recipient in mind but would like to purchase a membership so that others can experience the magic of this team, we are happy to pay it forward to another teammate.
To make this membership more accessible, we also offer membership scholarships twice a year. We believe in inclusion and the value of a diverse Volée. We also know that some women may not have the funds for a membership, but would greatly contribute to and benefit from being part of this team.
Q: What else does team membership support?
A: The Volée since the beginning has been about community. A portion of each Volée membership goes to Oiselle’s Woman Up Fund, which helps support the Haute Volée (emerging elites) and also funds Oiselle’s Bras for Girls program which so far has donated over 8,500 bras to middle school girls in need. Every membership purchased provides a sports bra for this program.
Q: How do I get in touch with people on the Volée?
A: Once you sign up for the Volée, you get access to the Volée Community App which will connect you with your local team leaders and other local team members. The Volée Team App is a new and state of the art tool for community connection, where you can interact with teammates (including Oiselle HQ), download training plans, and get product sneak peeks. The Team App is location-enabled, so you can meet up and make run friends wherever you travel. When you join the Volée, you will receive an invitation to join the Team App, which is available for download in the Apple App Store. To see if Volée members are located near you, you can check out our Volée map!
Q: Do I have to always wear Oiselle to be in the Volée?
A: No! In fact you don’t have to wear any Oiselle! You can run in whatever your heart desires. (But you may find yourself sucked in by the sweet gear that comes out of the design team's workshop!)
The team is now open and we hope you will join us. Have other questions we didn’t cover? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to chat more there.