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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.

students standing in front of Rowan University map

College Bound!

On Saturday, March 26, we took 25 Domenica Scholars on a tour of Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey, accompanied by high school and Catholic Partnership School staff. The trip was open to all scholarship recipients in grades 9 through 11. You can see from their testimonials how much the young people enjoyed the trip!

photo of St. Cecilia children placing books in their book ark

Kids + Books + Art

Last week we helped Camden County Pop Up Library (CCPUL) deliver empty “book ark” structures to Catholic Partnership Schools (CPS). Our grant to CCPUL is funding 10 new book arks along with 640 Spanish-language books to help fill them.

The wooden book arks are designed to showcase donated books, which community members can take free of charge and bring back when finished. CCPUL’s motto is “We take books where libraries don’t go and give them away.”

Where do CPS children come in? They’re going to decorate some of the arks!

Catholic Partnership School child drawing

Looking Forward, Looking Back

We’re excited about new opportunities this spring that will bring books to communities with no libraries, arts instruction to Catholic Partnership Schools in Camden, and high school Domenica Scholars to the Rowan University campus.

Pepe Piperno with Camden Catholic Domenica Scholars

Funding Dignity and Hope in 2021

Our community partners did amazing work in 2021 with Domenica Foundation funding! Read all about it in our 4-page 2021 annual report.

Piperno family members and Christmas gifts for teens

Spreading Christmas Cheer

Every Christmas season, the Domenica Foundation supports the Sacred Heart Church Christmas basket program and the Guadalupe Family Services gift giving program. We’ve been participating in both since before we were officially established as a foundation!