HOLYOKE — Imagine serving coffee, cooking meals, planning trips and knitting sweaters for more than 4,000 hours — not for oneself, but for others; not for pay, but for charity.

These are just a few of the ways that RSVP of Hampshire & Franklin Counties volunteers serve their communities.

Last Thursday, four of those volunteers passed this threshold of 4,000 hours and were awarded a President’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the organization, which is part of the Hampshire Council of Governments. At a packed ceremony inside the Log Cabin in Holyoke, the volunteers were honored during an annual volunteer recognition luncheon.

Read the rest of the story at the Daily Hampshire Gazette.