MEET CHUCK: 20 Years of Volunteering


Chuck Dachis' dedication is simply awe-inspiring. This year marks Chuck's 20th anniversary serving as a volunteer at Top Drawer-- our thrift store that generates funds for Project Transitions. To honor such an accomplishment, Chuck received the Mikel Fackenthal Award for Top Drawer Volunteer. Chuck dedicates about 20 hours a week to the store. 


"It's fun. It feeds my soul. It's nice to give back to the community," Chuck said.


While customers may recognize Chuck from his long hours at the cash register, what many people don't know is that Chuck has an extraordinary skill of refurbishing antique electronics. 


"I'm a 'tinker.' I love working with old electronics. I can just listen to a piece of electronics and go straight to the problem," Chuck said. 


Chuck in his work area at Top Drawer.
Chuck has dedicated thousands of hours because of the devastation caused by HIV/AIDS. 

"Basically everyone I knew, all my friends and acquaintances, died. Young people aren't experiencing that same sense of loss, as we did, which is a good thing. We have come so much further than we were 30 years ago," Chuck said.  


Chuck says his love of volunteering at Top Drawer runs so deep that he will continue his service  until "the store closes or I croak."


This Friday is the 24th annual Red Hot -- hosted by Oilcan Harry's. This fundraiser directly benefits Project Transitions. Come to the bar to review an awesome silent auction, eat yummy bites & sip on delicious cocktails. Click here for more event details. The fabulous Austin Babtist Women will be providing live & funny entertainment.


Splash Days is one of Austin's newest 501(c)3 charities, which means, purchasing a pass or ticket to the events directly benefits Project Transitions and other area nonprofits.  Men and women from all over the world travel to Austin for the Labor Day weekend (Sept. 4-7) parties.
Save 15% off your tickets by clicking here.

On Sunday July 19, Hill Country Ride for AIDS will be disturbing money to all the beneficiaries including Project Transitions. After an official check presentation, everyone will hop on their bikes for an 18 mile ride on the beautiful Walnut Creek Trail.
Check out the Facebook invite for more information. 
Please consider volunteering:



Project Transitions Board of Directors
Matthew Albertson
Craig Davis
Bob Garza
Cindy Goldman
Blair Hodgkins
Michael Pizzutti
Thomas H. Smith, MD
Joseph Werle