Volunteer AO


Auburn-Opelika Tourism offers area residents, or frequent visitors, a wide range of exciting volunteer opportunities through its newly launched program, Volunteer AO. Volunteer AO enables you to share your hometown hospitality, strengthen your community, and enhance the Auburn-Opelika experience for area visitors. We strongly believe that volunteers make the world go ‘round! See more details about Volunteer AO towards the end of this page.

Join our Volunteer AO Facebook Group and fill out the form below to stay connected and informed on upcoming events! 


  • Alabama Senior Olympics - Multiple Sports and Dates - View Sign-Up 
  • USA Cycling's Marathon Mountain Bike National Championship - June 15
  • AORTA's Tough 10 and Tough 2 race - Email auburntough10@gmail.com for more info and to get signed up!
  • Volunteer at many large tennis tournaments this season at Yarbrough Tennis Center!
  • Be a coach or volunteer for Auburn Parks & Recreation Special Olympics! For practice times or more information, click here or email Elizabeth Kaufman at ekaufman@auburnalabama.org


*This is a current list of other community organizations that are in need of volunteer support. If you have any questions, email karen@aotourism.com or travis@aotourism.com

Sign Up to Join Volunteer AO

Accident Waiver and Release of Liability Form

I hereby assume all of the risks of participating in any/all activities associated with the Volunteer AO Program and associated events, including by way of example and not limitation, any risks that may arise from negligence or carelessness on the part of the persons or entities being released, from dangerous or defective equipment or property owned, maintained, or controlled by them, or because of their possible liability without fault.

I certify that I am physically fit, have sufficiently prepared or trained for participation in any/all activities for which I offer my services, and have not been advised to not participate by a qualified medical professional. I certify that there are no health-related reasons or problems which preclude my participation in these activities.

I acknowledge that this Accident Waiver and Release of Liability Form will be used by the event holders, sponsors, and organizers of the activity/activities in which I may participate, and that it will govern my actions and responsibilities at said activity.

In consideration of my application and permitting me to participate in these activities, I hereby take action for myself, my executors, administrators, heirs, next of kin, successors, and assigns as follows:
(A) I waive, release, and discharge from any and all liability, including but not limited to, liability arising from the negligence or fault of the entities or persons released, for my death, disability, personal injury, property damage, property theft, or actions of any kind which may hereafter occur to me including my traveling to and from these activities, The following entities or persons: The Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau (AOTB) and/or their directors, officers, employees, volunteers, representatives, and agents, and the activity holders, sponsors, and volunteers;
(B) Indemnify, hold harmless, and promise not to sue the entities or persons mentioned in this paragraph from any and all liabilities or claims made as a result of participation in these activities, whether caused by the negligence of release or otherwise.

I acknowledge that the AOTB and their directors, officers, volunteers, representatives, and agents are NOT responsible for the errors, omissions, acts, or failures to act of any party or entity conducting a specific activity on their behalf.

I acknowledge that these activities may involve a test of a person's physical and mental limits and carries with it the potential for death, serious injury, and property loss. The risks include, but are not limited to, those caused by terrain, facilities, temperature, weather, condition of participants, equipment, vehicular traffic, lack of hydration, and actions of other people including, but not limited to, participants, volunteers, monitors, and/or producers of these activities.

I hereby consent to receive medical treatment which may be deemed advisable in the event of injury, accident, and/or illness during these activities.

I understand while participating in any Volunteeer AO activity, I may be photographed. I agree to allow my photo, video, or film likeness to be used for any legitimate purpose by the activity holders, producers, sponsors, organizers, and assigns.

The Accident Waiver and Release of Liability Form shall be construed broadly to provide a release and waiver to the maximum extent permissible under applicable law.



About Volunteer AO

A community host program made up of local citizens dedicated to assisting events coordinated by the Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau and its many community partners. Volunteer for just one event per year or at multiple events throughout the year, whatever your schedule allows. As a Volunteer AO member, you can choose to help during a meeting or convention that is taking place in the city. If your love and passion is for community events or sporting events, then we have plenty of those opportunities for you, also. 

Why Volunteer AO

The Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau works to bring in events to generate money for our local economy, but for these events to be truly successful they need a team of local citizens to volunteer their time and talents. Our southern hospitality is one of the things that sets our community apart for visitors, convention delegates, and event managers, and our role in making their event hassle-free will keep them coming back.

How can you make an impact? Advocate for your hometown as a Volunteer AO team member to welcome and show these visitors our greatest attribute, our hospitality. We encourage you to be a part of the impact we create for our community by becoming a Volunteer AO team member!

  • Examples of Events Volunteer AO supports (not limited to):
  • Sports: Super 7 (Alabama high school state football championships), Swim & Dive Championships, Bo Bikes Bama, Mountain biking races or trail runs at Chewacla, etc.
  • Annual City Events: Opelika Christmas Parade, Cheers on the Corner, On the Tracks, etc.
  • Music/Art – Summer Night Art Walk, Garden in the Park.

What’s in it for you?

Besides bragging rights of being involved with the community’s biggest events? 

  • Volunteer AO shirt, hat & other swag
  • Quarterly luncheons, guest speakers, continuing education
  • Gifts/prizes for most completed volunteer hours
  • Volunteer AO Spotlight
  • Recognized at quarterly luncheons
  • Recognized through the cities and other community channels
  • Recognition on our website, eNewsletter, and social media channels
  • Service hours provided (if applicable)
  • Event-branded volunteer items from other events partnered with Volunteer AO (Bo Bikes Bama, Super 7)

For More Information About Volunteer AO, Contact:

Karen Gilmore
Karen Gilmore
P: 334.734.2987
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Travis Harrison
P: 281.900.8150
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Travis Harrison