Elena Piperno

photo of Pepe & Elena Piperno with schoolchildren and their book ark

Dignity & Hope

Last week we mailed our 2022 annual report to all our friends and supporters near and far. Yes, snail mail! But you can also view… Read More »Dignity & Hope

Elena Piperno tasting a dish at the Cathedral Kitchen pasta competition

Cathedral Kitchen Serves Up Hope

It was just like an Iron Chef episode! As Elena Piperno, Domenica Foundation director, arrived to help judge the Cathedral Kitchen (CK) pasta competition, students in the culinary arts training program were putting finishing touches on their dishes.

young people on colorful stairs

Making Space for Camden Youth

A special feature of LUCY Outreach’s new youth center is “the steps,” shown here populated by LUCY alums and Executive Director Kristin Prinn. In the early days, LUCY youth met on the steps of St. Joseph Pro Cathedral School. Now LUCY has a state-of-the-art facility—but participants and staff remember their roots by gathering on (now indoor!) steps designed to welcome and inspire.
We were so proud to help LUCY celebrate its grand opening on October 20! Over 300 people came to celebrate this milestone—participants, past participants, staff, community members, and, of course, funders like us.

group shot of Domenica Scholars with Pepe and Elena Piperno at a Phillies game

Phillies Outing a Hit with Domenica Scholars

What an awesome day we had with Domenica Scholars at the Phillies game on September 24! As you can see, it was a perfect fall day for baseball. The nearly 30 scholars who accepted our invitation had a marvelous time.

Student from Catholic Partnership Schools with the book ark she codesigned

Kids + Books + Art, Part 2

With support from the Domenica Foundation, children from Catholic Partnership Schools are making free books available in their Camden neighborhoods. Above, Tina stands next to the Sacred Heart School book ark, which she helped design.

Over the summer, children from Catholic Partnership Schools designed and painted book arks that were delivered to them last spring. Last week, we joined them in installing their book arks on sidewalks near their schools.

photo of food bags ready for distribution

Fighting Hunger in Cramer Hill, Camden

The Domenica Foundation’s newest grantee is the SSJ Neighborhood Center in the Cramer Hill section of Camden. We’ve granted $10,000 to fund the center’s monthly food pantry for a year.

Graduation Day for Domenica Scholars

Twenty Domenica Scholars graduated from high school this month — and we were thrilled to be able to join them! Here, Domenica Foundation Director Elena Piperno and Founder and President Pepe Piperno are flanked by scholarship graduates of Camden Catholic High School.

Every year, the Domenica Foundation awards scholarships to enable rising ninth graders to attend Catholic high schools. All attended Catholic Partnership Schools during their elementary and middle school years, where they also benefited from Domenica Foundation support.

collage of four female college graduates

Domenica Scholars Keep on Achieving

We are so proud of our Domenica Scholars that we do our best to keep up with them after high school graduation. We want to see — and to share with you — how the opportunity to attend a high-quality high school empowers young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to keep on achieving. So today we highlight four former Domenica Scholars who are receiving college degrees this month. All four graduated from Camden Catholic High School in 2018.

Elena & Pepe Piperno hand certificate to Domenica Scholar

Welcoming the Domenica Scholarship Class of 2026

Last week, we welcomed 18 new rising high school students to the family of Domenica Scholars. The scholarship event, held at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Camden on April 26, was a beautiful celebration of aspiration, perseverance, and hope.