September 26, 2017 

Contact: Lindsay Bennett-Jacobs:, (413)-387-4558 x2

RSVP of the Pioneer Valley recognizes the contribution of over 650 volunteers who have served more than 100,000 volunteer hours in the past year. According to Independent Sector, these hours amount to an estimated contribution of $3 million to the local community.

On Thursday, September 28 from 11:30am to 2pm, several hundred volunteers, volunteer managers, and community supporters will gather at the Log Cabin in Holyoke to celebrate the accomplishments of RSVP volunteers at the annual RSVP Volunteer Recognition Luncheon.

“RSVP volunteers are passionate about giving back to their communities,” says Lindsay Bennett-Jacobs, director, RSVP of the Pioneer Valley. “They dedicate so much valuable time and effort to the organizations they serve.”

RSVP of the Pioneer Valley will be honoring four local volunteers with the President’s Volunteer Service Award for Lifetime Achievement, to recognize those who have served over 4,000 volunteer hours throughout their lifetime.

Jane Nevinsmith of Hadley is an essential volunteer at the Hadley Senior Community Center, where she serves as chair of the Friends Board, organizes trips through the Travel Club, and is a key member of the planning committee for the new Senior Center building.

“I volunteer because I have had a really good life and I want to give back,” says Nevinsmith. “I really love Hadley, my kids loved it here, and I am happy to give back to my community.”

Doris Hebert of Easthampton is a longtime volunteer at Cooley Dickinson Hospital’s Coffee Shop.

Kay (Klazima) Madden of Easthampton is a member of the Crafts Group at Easthampton Community Center, where she produces knitted and crocheted items for newborns, Veterans, and terminally ill patients.

Joan Staszko of Southampton, who served meals at the Easthampton Senior Center for many years, currently serves at the Easthampton Community Center packing Brown Bags of groceries for elders.

About us 

RSVP of the Pioneer Valley, a program of HCG, coordinates 620 volunteers, age 55 and over, providing critical support to more than 50 area nonprofit organizations and enriching community life throughout the region. RSVP is a Senior Corps Program funded through the Corporation for National and Community Service and is locally sponsored and funded by HCG. To learn more about RSVP and the many volunteer opportunities available, call 413-387-4558 or visit

Media is welcome at the event for interviews and photo opportunities.