HAY Center

This committee:

  • Maintains a partnership with the HAY Center to enrich the lives of current and former foster youth.
  • Organizes an annual holiday party with gifts, food, a visit from Santa, family-friendly activities, and more.
  • Assists in the Prom Event by requesting formal wear donations and volunteering at the event.
  • Conducts a series of legal presentations throughout the year to educate the youth about their rights and responsibilities.

The HAY Center Holiday Party is happening soon! Donate new items on the wishlist, or make an online donation with "HBA Holiday Party" in the notes.

Help the HAY Center serve current and former foster youth in our community by making a donation. Click here for instructions and suggestions on how to contribute to the HAY Center annual fund.

HAY Center Holiday Party Flyer

The HBA has given their time, their talent, and their resources to all areas of The HAY Center for the past 10 years. Through the HBA HAY Center Committee, over 150 lawyers have volunteered at The HAY Center at a variety of events. Their efforts around the HAY Center holiday event has created lasting memories for hundreds of current and former foster youth.


Christine Herron, a member of the HBA, in the spirit of being a good steward to our community, has been volunteering with The HAY Center for 9 years. She chose to volunteer with The HAY Center because she wants to give to foster youth in the Houston area. Christine spends her time providing mock interviews for first-time job seekers as well as volunteering at youth engagement events including the Thanksgiving, Holiday, and Prom events. Christine says, “Volunteering local is very important to me. I like volunteering with The HAY Center- you can see the direct impact of your volunteer work.”


The HAY Center Director, Mary Green, expresses gratitude for everything the HBA does for The HAY Center, "The HBA was one of our first volunteer groups, and without their partnership, we would not be where we are today. We depend on them to ensure that all of our youth engagement events have the community interaction our youth appreciate. The experience they provide foster youth is more important than a stocking or a gift card. They allow our youth to see that our community cares about them and wants them to achieve their goals. We are so fortunate they have remained one of our important partners."

Thank you, donors and volunteers, for making the 2019 HAY Center Holiday Party magical!


Several adults kneel and stand in a group photo



Five volunteers stand behind a row of serving trays



Two volunteers show a table full of wrapped presents



Two volunteers stand behind several boxes of food



A volunteer smiles while pointing at a miniature Christmas tree



Two volunteers sit at a craft table






2020-2021 Co-Chairs:

Christine Herron, Attorney at Law
Daniella Landers, Reed Smith LLP

For more information on this committee, contact Bonnie Simmons at bonnies@hba.org or (713) 759-1133.