In Memoriam: Skip Voluntad, tireless advocate for Asian immigrants

The Pennsylvania Association for Area Agencies on Aging 2008 Advocacy Award was presented to Skip Voluntad. Pictured above, from left to right, are PCA President Holly Lange; PCA Director of Community Relations Rick Spector; Skip Voluntad; and his daughter, Valerie Voluntad. (A PCA photo)

The Pennsylvania Association for Area Agencies on Aging 2008 Advocacy Award was presented to Skip Voluntad. Pictured above, from left to right, are PCA President Holly Lange; PCA Director of Community Relations Rick Spector; Skip Voluntad; and his daughter, Valerie Voluntad. (A PCA photo) Skip worked alongside our Filipino-American community in promoting awareness to our Asian contribution to our mainstream society.

(A PCA Article) It is with great sadness that Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) reports the passing of Pioquinto “Skip” Voluntad, 86, a longtime member of PCA’s Board of Directors (2007-2012)  and chair of PCA’s Asian Advisory Committee (2000- 2013).

Voluntad was dedicated to raising awareness and furthering the agenda of improving services to Asian elders. He served as a member of the Pennsylvania Council on Aging, advising the Secretary on Aging and the Governor on aging issues. He developed cultural education programs for the Pennsylvania Department on Aging staff, and assisted in having informational materials produced and translated into Asian languages.

In 1990, Voluntad founded the Asian Pacific Management Consultants, a company dedicated to educating companies on marketing to the Asian Community.  He served as Chairman of the Board of the Pan Asian Association, an umbrella organization for many different Asian ethnic organizations in the Greater Philadelphia area. He was a member of the executive board of United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

As a volunteer Executive Council member of Pennsylvania AARP, he lobbied for senior issues in the legislature and served as the “conscience” of AARP as he advocated for Asian seniors’ concerns. He also worked to make Asian seniors more visible nationally through publication of features in the AARP magazine.  He was instrumental in forming the first Asian AARP Chapter on the East Coast, here in Philadelphia.

Voluntad worked with the Delaware County Office of Services to the Aging to increase senior services to the minority communities in Delaware County and was chair of the Mayor’s Commission for Asian Pacific American Affairs in Philadelphia under three mayors.  (Read more at PCA link)

Skip WHYY

Here is a video link featuring Skip on WHYY “Coming of Age.” Click here.

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