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Volunteer Makes Community Service a Family Affair

December 17, 2019

Amanda Dudley’s day job involves helping Central Texans find the house of their dreams. Her volunteer efforts ensure they can stay in those homes as they grow old.

The Austin native works for Realty Austin and delivers meals to our homebound clients every Monday during her lunch break. “To start off my work week that way, it just gives me such great gratitude. It just makes the week feel so fresh,” Amanda says. She also serves as a substitute volunteer Tuesday through Friday, filling in for other drivers who are unable to deliver their assigned routes. She credits her flexible work schedule for allowing her to be on call four days a week. “As a realtor, we don’t have a set schedule, every day is different, if you want to give back, you find an organization that really connects to you,” she explains

“It’s something I can do with my kids (13-year-old Jacob and 8-year-old Ellie) when they’re out of school. [The clients] love it because they don’t get to see their grandkids and it’s also fun for the kids because they get to jump out of the car, knock on the door and greet them with a hot meal. It’s been a great influence on them. It helps them understand they have it really well and it influences them on how they can help and give back,” Amanda says.

Another member of the family also helps out from time to time - Amanda’s husband, longtime KLBJ-FM morning host Dale Dudley. "It’s great for him because he gets off the air at 10am and his studio is really close by. When I had foot surgery last year, he was delivering quite often with me because it was such a struggle for me to get in and out of the car. When he would come back to the car after delivering a meal he would have the biggest smile on his face because it really makes you feel good,” she says.