Giving Back to the Community

At a very early age, my Parents instilled in me the importance of helping those less fortunate and giving back to the community.

My earliest memory is being with my Mother when she volunteered to take senior citizens grocery shopping.  We would pick them up in our station wagon and help them fill the grocery cart.  After shopping we also helped get the grocery bags into their kitchen and put items away if they needed assistance.

Though at times my first volunteering experience was uncomfortable because I was a very shy child; I will never forget the heart-warming gratitude we received from everyone we helped.  That experience instilled in me a sense of duty to help those who are less fortunate.

Time and again I learned by my Parent’s example of giving back to the community in many ways.  My Mother and Father volunteered for many other non-profit organizations over the years and I am so grateful for their willingness to help others in any way they could.

Since those early years I followed in my Parent’s footsteps by volunteering and supporting several charities throughout my lifetime.  Through my personal experiences I learned a great deal about non-profit organizations and how vastly different some operate from others.

Giving Feels Good Part 2 - Tamela Roche photo
Pie In The Sky with Tamela Roche and David B. Waters, CEO, Community Servings

Team Pie It Forward – Community Servings

Serving the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Community Servings believes in the astonishing power of food.  Scratch made medically tailored meals are delivered to critically ill neighbors who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves.  Community Servings is currently serving medically tailored meals for 1,800 Clients every day and the wait list keeps growing.

Since 2003 I’ve been a volunteer pie seller for Community Servings Annual “Pie In The Sky” Thanksgiving Bake Sale.  I created “Team PIE IT FORWARD” in 2009 to share this fun volunteering experience with a team.  Since 2009 our team has raised over $800,000 to help Community Servings deliver scratch-made medically tailored meals which are delivered to critically-ill Clients throughout Massachusetts.  Since 2021 I have been serving on the Community Servings Board of Advisors.


About Community Servings

Image includes the Community Servings Logo with the words "Food Heals" and aan orange cooking pot with a white heart on the front.
Giving Feels Good Photo of Tamela

“Our Place” Salvation Army Day Care Center for Homeless Children

Cambridge, MA

Imagine spending your childhood homeless.  Just try to imagine that for a few minutes.  I’ve been a supporter of “Our Place” since 2004 because children have no control over these unfortunate circumstances and every child deserves the very best chance in life.

The Salvation Army “Our Place” Day Care Center helps families break the cycle of homelessness and attain self-sufficiency by providing a program that meets the educational, emotional and spiritual needs of each family member. While their children are enrolled in Our Place, parents have the opportunity to work, seek permanent housing, attend school, receive counseling, volunteer in the center or attend Parent Workshops.

“Our Place” Salvation Army Day Care Center for Homeless Children

"Our Place" Salvation Army Day Care Center for Homeless Children

Children’s Miracle Network – Boston Children’s Hospital

Boston, MA

Since joining RE/MAX in 2012 I have been donating a portion of proceeds to Children’s Miracle Network from every home I sell.  One of the reasons I love this organization is because every dollar raised is donated directly to Boston Children’s Hospital to help our local children and families.

Boston Children’s Hospital