Putting the Pro in canfitpro

Alright, so we’ve recently admitted we’re not fitness professionals. But that’s why we leave that to the experts – our awesome clients. And you know they’re a pro when it’s literally their first name.

canfitprocanfitpro is the leading provider of fitness and wellness education. They work to empower people with fun and effective physical activity by delivering accessible and affordable fitness education. canfitpro was founded in 1993 as a voice for all fitness professionals. In the years since, the company has grown rapidly, with almost 100,000 members across Canada and over 25 countries. Now offering multiple certification designations, canfitpro has grown to not only be the largest provider of education in the Canadian fitness industry, but has also acquired the reputation as being one of the top fitness organizations in the world.

That spot at the top wouldn’t be possible without some helping hands. “Our largest event has over 400 volunteers,” says Tammy Lyle-Gravlev, Volunteer and Academy Experience Coordinator for canfitpro. Volunteers put their best foot forward assisting with the information booth, registration, IT consultation, social media and more.canfitpro

Before using VolunteerLocal, canfitpro was using a paper application to manage those hundreds of volunteers, which then had to be manually entered. “It was a very time consuming process. Volunteerlocal has lightened my workload, which has allowed for the opportunity to focus on other projects,” says Lyle-Gravlev.

“The online database is easy to use, and gives our volunteers a lot more freedom in selecting shifts and jobs that they are interested in. They’ve been happy with the streamlined process. I would definitely recommend VolunteerLocal.”

Are you ready to be a pro? You can! Check out canfitpro’s fit-tastic upcoming events here.


Photos courtesy of canfitpro

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Going the Distance with USA Triathlon

We’ll be honest – the last mile we ran didn’t make it below the 10 minute mark (embarrassing, we know). But while running isn’t exactly our forte, we here at VolunteerLocal have serious admiration for those committed to it. Which is part of the reason why we were so thrilled to partner with USA Triathlon last year. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon connects with nearly 500,000 members each year, and sanctions more than 4,300 races – that’s a lot of miles!

USA Triathlon

Speaking of serious mileage, USA Triathlon’s Duathlon National Championships are happening in just a couple weeks, from Thursday, June 23rd through Saturday, June 25th in Bend, Oregon. The Championships are the culmination of the Duathlon season, which exhibits some of the top Duathletes in the United States.

Whether you love or hate running, we’re calling on all volunteers to show off their own serious skills. USA Triathlon is looking for enthusiastic folks to assist with packet pick up, aid stations, the awards ceremony, and general race support. In return, volunteers will receive a sweet t-shirt, delicious food, and the chance to get to watch some incredible athletes.

Interested in helping these runners and cyclists go the distance? Hit the pavement and volunteer now.

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Fun & Friends at FloydFest

FloydFest is a unique music and arts festival held annually in Virginia. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the 80 acre site lends for a serene setting and some serious views. But this fest isn’t just for mountain men – bands range from rock to bluegrass, from reggae to folk and everything in between, with something for all ears.

FloydFestIf the scenery and sounds aren’t enough to get your hips moving, the perks of volunteering for FloydFest might just do it. Beyond earning a 5 day ticket, volunteers are also given access to free camping, free parking, a sweet Volunteer shirt, a pair of Farm to Feet socks, free soda and water during shifts, an invitation to the exclusive Volunteer Welcome Bonfire and many others yet to be announced. And that’s not all! Leah DeLuzio, the Staffing, Volunteers & Special Projects Director for FloydFest guarantees there will be a few special surprises in store for folks this year. “FloydFest is always filled with magic and mystery, and this year will not disappoint!” promises DeLuzio.

Along with the free swag is the special Volunteer Welcome Bonfire, complete with s’mores and live music held each year on the Tuesday night prior to the festival. It’s a great way to kick things off and provides volunteers with the opportunity to mingle before the festivities begin.

Meeting other volunteers is possibly the greatest perk of all. FloydFest draws a unique and loyal volunteer base, pulling in folks from all over the country who are passionate about music and the outdoors. “So many amazing connections are made, and by Sunday we’re all FloydFest family!” says DeLuzio.FloydFest

This year, FloydFest upgraded to VolunteerLocal’s newest plan, the Conquer Plan, allowing them to collect and refund deposits from volunteers, and help make things even more personal for their loyal volunteers. “It’s wonderful to have the ability now to create name badges for our festival volunteers, as well as create template messages through the Communication tool,” comments DeLuzio. “The Conquer Plan has allowed for ease of scheduling and volunteer management.”

Ready to become part of the family? Register now and get to grooving.


Photos courtesy of FloydFest


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