Do I have to give out free memberships to those taking part in the 4-Week Challenge or 10-Week Challenge?
No, in fact, we recommend that you do not offer free memberships as investing in membership can increase the perceived importance of following through which can potentially increase the individual’s intrinsic motivation to persevere.
How much does it cost to partner?
FREE! We ask that you fill out a partnership form and commit to offering accountability, encouragement & motivation, and community to those taking part in the Programs or seeking to use exercise to gain control of their symptoms. After your application form is accepted you will receive a phone call interview which will allow us to get to know you better and give you an opportunity to ask any clarifying questions about the mission of Operation RSF. Once the interview is over and you get the thumbs up, your business is added to our interactive map and you will begin receiving the monthly newsletters.
Are there any benefits to being a partner?
Besides helping people? Yes, we list your gym on our interactive maps, re-post social media posts and help spread the word on your upcoming events, and you receive a monthly newsletter covering the latest research on the benefits of exercise control the symptoms of PTSD, depression, anxiety, and TBI. You also become more marketable within your community as you share your partnership with an organization working to change the stigmas surrounding mental health. Research has shown that businesses who are seen as more charitable are more trusted by the general public which can help your gym gain greater credibility from incoming members. We recently started a “Team Page” which breaks the science down more and is only accessible for Partners and Ambassadors.
Do you provide training for partnering businesses?
Every month we send out a newsletter with the latest research relating to physical activity and mental health. We are also working on developing a video series for our partners that will give tips and recommendations on everything related to the mission of Operation RSF to include: how to show support, combating the stigma, signs and symptoms to watch for, building accountability, and active listening.
I coach / perform massage therapy/am a sport psychologist/counselor/etc. can I become a partner?
In 2020 we changed our partnering format to a 3 tier system which includes Certified Partners and Partners for gyms and coaches and Ambassadors for massage therapists, sport psychologists, and other professions who still work directly with our population but do not use physical activity as their primary means of interaction. We felt this was a better approach in order to maintain the focus on our mission while still connecting with individuals who are passionate about our mission and passionate about the community we are trying to help.
I don't want to become a partner or ambassador, but I would like to help your mission. How can I do that?
We have partnered with gyms to host one-day fundraiser events which include a great outreach opportunity to the community. It is up to you how much you want to donate as part of your drop-in fee or other gyms have seen success in doing WODs for charity type events where the drop-in fee for that day is a donation towards Operation RSF. If you are local to Operation RSF (Southeastern, NC, Nashville area, TN) or within a reasonable distance we would love to come out and take part. Please use our contact page to let us know what you are planning when you are planning it, and we will help to promote your event and develop any promotional items you would like to have available relating to the mission.
If you are planning to do more of a fundraiser with a raffle at your business, please contact us so we can see how we can help. Thank you for your willingness to support the mission!
I am involved with an activity club, should I become a partner or an ambassador?
If you are an official club, have regular meetings, and have an ability to provide accountability, motivation & encouragement, and community for individuals looking to benefit from physical activity, then you should apply to be a partner. If you are unable to meet any of those requirements then you should apply to become an ambassador.
I am a yoga instructor, can I become a Partner?
As long as you maintain a yoga certification and have a location where you coach/instruct yoga you may sign up to become a partner and receive all of the benefits that coaches and gyms receive.