Our volunteers are the heart of the Knoxville Ronald McDonald House

Although monetary contributions are always welcome, becoming a volunteer is a more personal, hands-on approach to helping others. At the House, valuable volunteers perform a variety of different activities. We love to be adopted by churches, civic groups, business, and individuals. To arrange a tour or to receive further information, please call us at (865) 637-7475.

There are several steps to becoming a volunteer at the Knoxville Ronald McDonald House. Please contact us if you have any questions.

  1. Complete the online Volunteer Application below.
  2. Complete and return the Criminal Background Check form to the House. This background check form must be notarized before you send it to us.
  3. Complete and return the HIPPA Guidelines form to the House.

We utilize in-house volunteers 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. We highly recommend 3-hour shifts. You may call our Volunteer Coordinator or check out our volunteer opportunities below to find out about how flexible our volunteer programs can be — from teens to adults — we’re a great place to complete service hours for school. If volunteers are between the ages of 16 and 18 the Ronald McDonald House must obtain further permission from a parent or guardian. Some of the duties that are performed by volunteers are:

Interacting with our families

  • Preparing food at the House, from a snack to a meal.

Room Inventory

  • Make certain that each room are ready for the next family.
  • Make certain that there are enough sheets, towels, pillows etc.


  • Light cleaning (no toilets, honest), vacuuming, dusting, mopping etc.
  • Straightening the kitchen, organizing shelves, etc.
  • Organize and sterilize the playroom.

Yard work

  • Always need weeds pulled, ivy trimmed.
  • Seasonally planting flowers.
  • Raking the leaves in the fall.


  • Sign up for a shift during one of the many events we host each year.


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