This answer is simple. Everyone! To be a volunteer at WBFC you must be at least 14 years old. There is not an upper age limit. Younger people will learn valuable skills and

older people will teach and learn valuable skills while at WBFC.

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If you are looking for the long answer of "who volunteers" below is information on the general trends of volunteerism as a whole in the United states. Not just volunteer fire companies. The actual number of volunteer firefighters in the U.S. has declined by 13% since 1984.


The volunteer rate declined by 1.1 percentage points to 25.4 percent for the year ending in September 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. About 62.6 million people volunteered through or for an organization at least once between September 2012 and September 2013. The volunteer rate in 2013 was the lowest it has been since the supplement was first administered in 2002.

These data on volunteering were collected through a supplement to the September 2013 Current Population Survey (CPS). The supplement was sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The CPS is a monthly survey of about 60,000 households that obtains information on employment and unemployment for the nation's civilian non institutional population age 16 and over. Volunteers are defined as persons who did unpaid work (except for expenses) through or for an organization. For more information about the volunteer supplement, see the Technical Note.

Volunteering Among Demographic Groups

The volunteer rates for both men and women (22.2 percent and 28.4 percent, respectively) declined the year ending in September 2013. Women continued to volunteer at a higher rate than did men across all age groups, educational levels, and other major demographic characteristics.

By age, 35- to 44-year-olds were most likely to volunteer (30.6 percent). Volunteer rates were lowest among 20- to 24-year-olds (18.5 percent). For persons 45 years and over, the volunteer rate tapered off as age increased. Teens (16- to 19-year-olds) had a volunteer rate of 26.2 percent.

Among the major race and ethnicity groups, whites continued to volunteer at a higher rate (27.1 percent) than did blacks (18.5 percent), Asians (19.0 percent), and Hispanics (15.5 percent). Of these groups, the volunteer rate fell for whites (by 0.7 percentage point) and blacks (by 2.6 percentage points) in 2013. The volunteer rates for Asians and Hispanics were little changed.

Married persons volunteered at a higher rate (30.7 percent) in 2013 than did those who had never married (20.0 percent) and those with other marital statuses (20.5 percent). The rates declined over the year for each marital status category. In 2013, the volunteer rate of parents with children under age 18 (32.9 percent) remained higher than the rate for persons without children (22.7 percent). The volunteer rate of persons without children under age 18 declined over the year, while the rate for parents was little changed.

Individuals with higher levels of education engaged in volunteer activities at higher rates than did those with less education in 2013. Among persons age 25 and over, 39.8 percent of college graduates volunteered, compared with 27.7 percent of persons with some college or an associate’s degree, 16.7 percent of high school graduates, and 9.0 percent of those with less than a high school diploma. The rate of volunteering was about unchanged for people with less than a high school diploma, while the rate declined for persons in all other educational attainment categories.

Volunteers by Employment Status

Among employed persons, 27.7 percent volunteered during the year ending in September 2013. By comparison, 24.1 percent of unemployed persons and 21.9 percent of those not in the labor force volunteered. Among the employed, part-time workers were more likely than full-time workers to have participated in volunteer activities--31.7 percent, compared with 26.8 percent. The volunteer rate was little changed among unemployed persons but declined for the employed and those not in the labor force. (See table 1.)

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