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OJC Press Release ID: 2986

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

OJC’s NTSO Donates to Dorcy Cancer Center and Pueblo Homeless Shelter


Members of the Otero Junior College Non-Traditional Student Organization (NTSO) visited the Dorcy Cancer Center this past Dec. They held a fund raising event in Oct. that enabled them to donate $300 to the Center. Students also visited the Pueblo Homeless Shelter where winter gear items were donated. These items were collected throughout fall semester. The group then went to Golden Corral for their end of year luncheon which included a gift exchange.

Shawn Japhet, NTSO sponsor said, “It was great for students to see where their donations went. The director of the Pueblo Homeless Shelter gave members a tour and gave out information on services offered. We learned that a new shelter is coming soon.”

NTSO has a strong community service focus and by holding fund raising events throughout the year they are able to support many local causes. In the past, they have donated items to Fort Lyon and Arkansas Valley Resource Center. Fundraising activities have included a dunk tank, with OJC faculty and staff as targets, a haunted house, a bake sale, and a pancake bar. According to Japhet, “We are a very active group and have members with great ideas.”

NTSO meets every other week throughout the semester. They will have their first meeting of this semester on Jan. 23 at noon in the Learning Commons Collaboration room.

For more information about NTSO please call Shawn Japhet at 719-384-6862 or email her at

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Members of OJC’s NTSO donated to the Dorcy Cancer Center and the Pueblo Homeless Shelter this Dec. Pictured are Alyssa Armijo, La Junta; Brittanee Wells, Rocky Ford; Rachelle Martin, Fowler; Shayna Phillips, Swink; Patty Claunch, La Junta; Nate Clem, La Junta; Will Fuller, La Junta; Shawn Moreno Jr, La Junta; Allen Walsh, Las Animas; Walter Clay, Las Animas; Johnathan McKelvey, Rocky Ford; Eva Cude, La Junta; Elizabeth Richtsmeier, Las Animas; Kaylen Pedro, La Junta; NTSO sponsor, Shawn Japhet, and DCC staff.