Meet Kisha Rose — an AmeriHealth New Jersey provider partnership associate and SERV Behavioral Health System volunteer. SERV is a not-for-profit organization that supports adults and children dealing with mental illness or other behavioral health challenges. We asked Kisha about her experience volunteering with SERV and how it connects to her work at AmeriHealth New Jersey.
Q: Can you tell us more about your role with SERV?
A: I currently serve on the family board, which was created in 2018 to help shape the SERV mission and vision. As a family board member, I help come up with ideas for future programs, discuss how to better support our consumers, and design and implement processes to support the staff.
Q: What made you want to volunteer with SERV?
A: I became involved with SERV after having a family member use their services. I connected with their mission to treat consumers with dignity and compassion. SERV wants all of its service recipients to reach their full potential. Through SERV’s support, some recipients were able to go back to school to further their education. Last year, one consumer was highlighted for having received her bachelor’s degree through the program. Every year consumers find success with the help of SERV in ways that are unique to them.
Q: Why is it important to you to connect your volunteer work with SERV with your job at AmeriHealth New Jersey?
A: I have been a part of AmeriHealth New Jersey for 16 years, and I strongly believe in its mission. To me, both organizations have similar goals.
Q: Are there any moments that stand out to you in your experiences with SERV?
A: During the pandemic, I hosted my first SERV fundraiser event outside of my home. Seasons 52 donated food, our talented community members provided the entertainment, and News 12 New Jersey anchor Carissa Lawson graciously donated her time to host the event.
Another standout memory for me was at one of SERV’s annual workshops where they gave helpful tips for consumers on various topics like budgeting your money, music therapy, yoga, and nutrition. It was a fun day connecting with loved ones.
Additionally, I recently served as the keynote speaker at the Volley for SERV fundraiser this past June. I shared my personal experiences of how SERV has supported my family member and the positive impact it has had on my life. AmeriHealth New Jersey was gracious enough to participate in the fundraiser and plans to continue supporting such a worthy cause.
If you’re interested in supporting SERV, you can learn more about their programs and services on their website.