Altrusa Honors V2VME Board Member Sam Kelley

Anita Chandler, left, president of Altrusa International Foundation of Portland, presents Vet to Vet Maine board member Robert Sam Kelley with Altrusa’s 2022 Volunteer of the Year award during ceremonies May 18 at the Clarion Hotel in Portland.

 

Vet to Vet Maine Board member and volunteer peer companion Robert Sam Kelley has been selected as the 2022 Volunteer of the Year by Altrusa International Foundation of Portland, Maine, for his volunteer work with Vet 2 Vet Maine. Altrusa president Anita Chandler presented Sam with a plaque commemorating his achievement as winner of Altrusa’s 18th Volunteer of the Year award. Altrusa also donated $250 to Vet to Vet Maine during ceremonies May 18 at the Clarion Hotel in Portland.

Altrusa is an international non-profit organization dedicated to making local communities better through leadership, partnership, and service. The Portland club undertakes a variety of service, literacy, fundraising and international projects each year.
Sam has served as a V2VME peer companion since 2017 and has visited three veterans during that time. He currently visits a 95-year-old World War II veteran. In addition to providing companionship to the veterans he visits, he has been instrumental in securing a number of services including home health assistance and medical equipment for the veterans.

Sam has served on the V2VME board since 2019 and has played a notable role in raising money for the organization. Sam’s latest volunteer venture for V2VME is producing and hosting a TV show for veterans on Portland Media Center’s public access channel called “The Vet to Vet Maine Show,” which will address many issues of interest to veterans.

Sam says his involvement in Vet to Vet Maine and the opportunity to aid a fellow veteran is “literally one of the best things I have ever done for my fellow man in my life.”