Our Heart & Soul

At the heart of the Prayers From Maria Foundation is our volunteers. With over 500 active volunteers and growing, much of what we do we owe to the considerably talented people who give generously of their time, talent and resources. Our team of volunteers is devotedly committed and instrumental to the success of our events and operations. Assisting with our annual events, the Sunflower Soiree and Sunflower Wine Festival, in addition to working in Maria’s Shop and tending to our Sunflower Fields of Hope are among many ways volunteers get involved and contribute significantly to our fundraising efforts. 

“I’ve just fallen in love with this organization. The people who work for it are phenomenal. There is genuine passion for helping these kids and you want to be a part of it. It’s contagious. Once you get started, you want to keep finding other ways to help out. I feel very blessed to know I am making a difference.”
– Dawn Dawson, Volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities 

  • Maria's Shop - Holidays/Field bloom season/various times throughout the year
  • Maria's Ice Cream Wagon - Various events throughout year, primarily Apr - Oct
  • Maria's Ice Cream Wagon Driver - Various events throughout year, primarily Apr - Oct
  • Cleveland Marathon - May 18 - 19
  • Cedar Point 
  • Sunflower Soiree - Summer 2024
  • Sunflower Wine Festival - July 13, 2024
  • Maria's Fields of Hope (Avon and at Cedar Point) - End of July through the month of September