Volunteer: Joseph Hood
Flagship Activity: RPGs
RPGs is short for "Role playing games" where students create a character that they can play as that has their own unique look, statistics, and interactions. The players work as a team to complete tasks like save the princess, slay the dragon, or gather gold from deep within a dungeon while taking direction from myself, the "Dungeon Master" who decides what challenges or opportunities to present to the group.
Years volunteering: This is my 3rd year volunteering with Flagship.
Why are you a part of the Flagship volunteering team?
I was searching for employment my freshman year at the university and stumbled across this volunteer position and was vaguely familiar with Dungeons and Dragons and had some time to spare so I signed right up and enjoyed it ever since!
Please tell a positive experience you’ve had volunteering with Flagship? In May of last year it was the last Flagship session of the semester so we had to go out with a bang. The entire journey had led up to this point where the final boss was ahead. The kids were so excited to get into the battle they had been making battle plans throughout the week! In the end we fought a legendary wizard named Olaf and his skeleton companion, Mr. Bones. Now as un-intimidating as that sounds these characters had come straight from my head and I made them difficult to defeat, but not impossible. It really inspired teamwork from the group to win.
What do you enjoy the most about volunteering with Flagship?
I enjoy the social interaction when a bunch of people with wild imaginations gather to fight a horde of orcs and you can all imagine differently. This battle happening in your mind being represented with pen, paper, dice, and tokens shows how vivid the imagination can be.
What has surprised you most about volunteering with Flagship?
When I started I was amazed at how well I got along with the kids. I expected to have to be very strict with them to cooperate or listen to directions but being older and in charge while also being lax has made for a great 3 years so far.
What would be people be most surprised to learn about you?
Well, I'm from Missouri. My mom is a speech pathologist in Missouri and my dad teaches business in Butte while I'm studying geology. I have 4 siblings, oldest to youngest: Margaret, Meredith, John, Joseph, Kate. So I am 4th in the pecking order.
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"The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention."
With over 2,000 Missoula youth participating in Flagship every year the gift of time given by volunteers in our community is what keeps Flagship afloat!
The Flagship Program recruits volunteers to lead or assist in after school and summer activities. To be a volunteer with Flagship means to commit to spending one day a week, more if you are able, after school from 3-5:30 pm working with students in a school setting. Volunteering with Flagship is a wonderful opportunity to be a positive adult mentor to youth in our community.
Next step to becoming a volunteer with Flagship: contact us! We will set up an interview for you with one of our youth development coordinators. The forms below will be available for you to complete at your interview, or download and complete them now and bring them to the interview.