One month after devastating wildfires swept through Sevier County, about 3,000 volunteers are still needed to help with cleanup and recovery efforts, according to Volunteer East Tennessee, which is leading the efforts to organize volunteer opportunities.

There is a need for Distribution Center volunteers and Homeowner Cleanup volunteers.

Volunteer East Tennessee said about 3,000 volunteers are needed this week and next week.

Volunteers at the Distribution Center will help with tasks like sorting donated materials, stocking shelves, unloading donated items and helping people locate their needs in the warehouse.

Volunteers must be at least 18 to work alone, or 10 years old and accompanied by an adult to work in the Distribution Center.

Homeowner Cleanup volunteers will be helping with cleanup efforts for homes that were damaged or destroyed in the fires. They will help homeowners with tasks like sifting and sorting through debris, and need to be comfortable with physical work.

Volunteers will be provided with face masks and receive a safety briefing before joining a team in the field. Volunteers are asked to wear boots, warms clothes and bring gloves.

People volunteering with homeowner cleanup must be 18 years old to work alone, or 16 years old if accompanied by an adult.

You can sign up for a volunteer shift at

The Volunteer Reception Center is located at 1304 Parkway in Sevierville. It is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day. The Volunteer Reception Center will be closed on Sunday, Jan. 1.