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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!

Photo of Pepe Piperno tasting one of the pasta creations at Cathedral Kitchen

Pepe Judges Cathedral Kitchen Pasta Competition

“Judging Cathedral Kitchen’s pasta competition was a lot of fun,” said Pepe Piperno, Domenica Foundation founder and president. “I thought I had tasted every pasta sauce there is, but these creative cooks came up with six sauces I had never tasted before!”

Pepe was one of two judges at the pasta competition on November 3. “Handmade pasta is always at the top of the list of foods the students in our culinary arts program want to learn,” said Noreen Flewelling, development director at Cathedral Kitchen.

book ark for free books flanked by the program director, site host, and artists

Free Books in Low-Income Communities

We are pleased beyond measure to partner with Camden County Pop Up Library, our newest grantee. CCPUL’s motto says it all: “We take books where libraries don’t go and give them away.”

home snapshot of four Obasi siblings and their mom

One Family, Four Domenica Scholars

Meet the Obasi family! All four of these outstanding young people received Domenica Scholarships to attend Catholic high schools in the Camden area. Clockwise from left, they are Kingsley (Camden Catholic 2012), Anthoney (Camden Catholic 2011), Joechin (Paul VI 2016), Michelle (Camden Catholic 2014), and their mom, Ms. Maria Obasi.
Today, all four are in graduate school!

photo of Pepe & Elena Piperno and mobile grocery store staff

Mobile Grocery Store a Success!

“The Virtua bus has been a blessing, since it is difficult for disabled people like me to do fresh shopping. This is a wonderful concept. The selections have been fantastic. The prices here are wonderful.”

Boys troubleshooting their Mars exploration robot

We’re Funding Mars Exploration!

Okay, we don’t actually have anything to do with the Perseverance rover on Mars. But we are making it possible for students like the ones shown here to learn about planetary exploration, robotics, and computer programming.
This summer…

Elena & Pepe Piperno with graduates of Cathedral Kitchen's culinary training program

Cooking Up Success

High school and college seniors are not the only ones graduating this season! On July 8, we attended the graduation ceremony for the Cathedral Kitchen Culinary and Baking Arts training program. We are proud to have supported these nine graduates in preparing for new, more hopeful chapters in their lives.

photo of graduates in cap and gown

Graduation Day for Domenica Scholars!

We are so proud of our Domenica Scholar class for 2021! All 20 students who received Domenica Foundation Scholarships as eighth graders in 2016 graduated on time this year. Their cumulative grade point average was 3.3 out of 4.0. These graduates are poised to take advantage of their quality high school preparation.