Contact: Cherie Ronayne
Office of Institutional Communications
cronayne [at] qcc.mass.edu
Worcester, MA – November 25, 2013 – From November 25 through 28, more than a dozen officers and members of QCC’s International Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), Alpha Theta Zeta Chapter will serve hot Thanksgiving meals to veterans at Veteran’s Inc., in Worcester. As the largest contributor of services to veterans and their families in New England, Veterans Inc. has been a vital force against hunger in Worcester for over 20 years and QCC students are proud to provide them with support during the holiday season.
PTK is also running a canned goods drive, “One CAN Make a Difference,” to benefit local food pantries for Abby’s House, Worcester, a multi-service organization assisting homeless and battered women and Why Me, Sherry’s House, Worcester, a residence for families from throughout New England and the USA whose child is in active treatment at local children’s cancer centers. Canned goods are being collected at QCC locations until December 21.
In addition to the canned goods drive, PTK members are also spending a night in the kitchen at Sherry’s House on December 3, preparing lasagna so that residents can enjoy a hot, home cooked meal.
PTK Officer, Amy Pierce of Leominster says, “As students at this time of year, we are reminded of how fortunate we are, to have so much. Part of PTK’s mission is to share that with those less fortunate. It’s become more than a PTK requirement – it’s an important feel-good act for all of us.”
QCC’s PTK chapter is active in community service throughout the year for a variety of charitable organizations. To be eligible for PTK, QCC students are required to be enrolled in an associate degree program or certificate program, have a 3.5 QPA, have earned at least 16 academic credits and be of good moral character with recognized qualities of citizenship. PTK members are also charged with a community service component required for membership. This past May, QCC inducted its largest group of PTK members in the college’s history – 109 students.
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