Project Q Houston: Charity, gender activism intersect for this queer Houston volunteer

Jay Mays

Our very own Jay Mays was featured in a recent Project Q Houston article about her dedication to activism and serving the LGBT community. Check it out!

One of Houston’s sweetest charitable events – literally – is Decadent Desserts & Dancing, a sweet and savory event that benefits AssistHers and the 20-year-old organization’s efforts to help ailing lesbians.

The event returns on Sunday at Neon Boots after a brief hiatus and features hundreds of mouth-watering treats served up by the city’s most popular and generous bakeries, restaurants and caterers. Beyond wall-to-wall small bites and dancing, a revamped raffle exceeds the standard “certificate for dinner for two” fare, peaking with an appropriately decadent trip for two to Las Vegas. The event also spotlights comedian Vickie Shaw and singer/songwriter Gadget White. (And the author of this article, Nancy Ford, emcees.)

AssistHers volunteers lending a hand at the event will recognize a welcoming, exuberant face amid the mounds of cookies and chocolates and general yumminess. That face belongs to Jay Mays, community volunteer specialist for Montrose Center, one of the event’s sponsors. In that capacity, Mayes coordinates the volunteer womanpower that is AssistHers’ lifeblood.

“I love working with AssistHers,” Mays says. “Reaching out to wonderful people interested in volunteering with an agency that has existed to provide a network of support to lesbian women struggling with debilitating or life-threatening illnesses brings me a lot of joy. I have so much respect for this organization’s leadership and community dedication.”

AssistHers is but one entity that receives Mays’ attention at Montrose Center. She also focuses on empowering volunteer teams for the center’s wellness and stress reduction programs, including yoga, meditation and peer support groups.

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