Marsha Mathews is currently active
in the Buddy Program of Big Sisters of Northwest Georgia Mountains. Marsha works one-on-one with a child at risk of failing school because of behavioral problems and poor self-confidence. Dr. Mathews’s goal is to help build the child’s self-esteem so that the child will show improvement in attendance, academics, attitude, or behavior.
2004-2005, Dr. Mathews also participates in a national study conducted by the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) and Public/Privacy Ventures (P/PV), a non-profit organization, to examine whether involvement in the Buddy Program improves youth’s behavior, attitude, and school attendance.
2003-2005, Dr. Mathews organized and advises Funny Healers, a community outreach of cheer to those who are down. Funny Healers has become an official club at Dalton State College. Students dress up as clowns and, for a few hours, lose themselves while they lift the spirits of those in hospitals, retirement homes, and other community support facilities.
2002-2003, Dr. Mathews served Hospice of Northwest Georgia, aiding and encouraging people during their last few weeks of living.
Prior to joining the faculty at Dalton State College, Marsha was a United Methodist Minister. She served as Associate Pastor at Christ United Methodist Church in Chattanooga, 1995-6, Director of the Wesley Foundation Campus Ministries in Wise, VA, 1996-2001, and as Pastor of Bond Memorial and South Coeburn United Methodist Churches in Coeburn, VA, 2001-2.
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