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PRAYERS REQUESTED FOR FILIPINO AMERICAN COMMUNITY LEADER JOHN SWING

–Longtime community leader at Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA) listed in critical condition, family seeks prayers and support–

LOS ANGELES, June 27, 2020—Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA) is asking the community for prayers and support of its longtime staff member John Eric Swing. The Filipino American community leader is currently listed in critical condition at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center.

Last week, Swing tested positive for COVID-19 and due to several complications was admitted to the hospital. His family made the situation known to family and friends, and soon, a GoFundMe donation page was set up online to share updates with the greater community and solicit support for Swing’s family and related expenses.

“John Swing is a dedicated community servant and leader in Historic Filipinotown, and we humbly ask the community to please pray for and support his family in their time of need,” said Lyle M. del Mundo, president of the SIPA board of directors. “SIPA was just about to announce John’s promotion to executive director when the pandemic hit. While this isn’t the announcement we wanted to make, we need the community’s prayers and support right now for our beloved colleague and friend.”

Swing recently had been appointed the new executive director of SIPA, a promotion from his most recent role as director of small business development. Swing is a longtime development specialist and veteran community service leader in the Fil-Am community. A SIPA staff member since 2015, he recently served as a program director, managing small business and community economic development programs. In addition, Swing leads the entrepreneurship program and multiple volunteer service
projects for SIPA. He previously was appointed business director for the Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture (FPAC) and led fund development and operational management for Filipino American Services Group, Inc. (FASGI), as well as the Asian Pacific Health Foundation and Hep B Free San Diego. Swing serves on the board for the Coalition of Filipino American Chambers of Commerce and My New Hope Foundation. He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and is trilingual, fluent in Spanish, Tagalog/Filipino and English. The SIPA Board of Directors intended to announce his appointment to executive director in April after having concluded a year-long nationwide search.

Under Swing’s leadership, SIPA staff had migrated its community services, support services and educational programs online to provide ongoing, uninterrupted assistance for small businesses, youth and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. In April, SIPA led a food delivery project for seniors and minority families in HiFi with support from the office of California State Senator Ling Ling Chang. The California State Senate honored SIPA and Swing’s leadership for early efforts during the pandemic with a certificate of recognition as “Unsung Heroes of Southern California.”

Updates on Swing’s fight with COVID-19 and more information on how to make a donation for the Swing family may be found at the family’s GoFundMe page at: https://gf.me/u/ycc4t7.

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Since 1972, Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for the multicultural district of Historic Filipinotown and the greater Filipino American community. As one of the oldest and largest Fil-Am non-profits in the United States, SIPA is widely known as an ambassador of Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles, where it is headquartered and where all are welcome. Led by Fil-Am business and community leaders, SIPA provides youth services and programming, family health and human services, small business counsel, arts and cultural education, events and resources. For press inquiries only, please contact 10storyhouse PR for SIPA at 1-323-741-5600.

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