LITTLETON -- Ed Bloom had long been a fan of Indian Hill Music before he became the organization's "volunteer extraordinaire."

He and his wife had gone to events at the school for years, enjoying their weekly Bach's Lunch Concert Series and regularly attending performances. After his wife died 10 years ago, Bloom, 86, decided to make the school a bigger part of his life.

For close to a decade now, the Ayer resident has been a constant presence at Indian Hill events not just as a guest but as a volunteer who helps keep everything running.

"I think Indian Hill is a wonderful organization with the things they do, not just providing music to the listener, but providing music to students at school," Bloom said. "It was a way to express my appreciation for what was being done."

Almost every Thursday, Bloom helps pick up and set up refreshments at the Bach's Lunch series. (Despite the name, those concerts do not exclusively play Bach's music.) That series focuses on senior citizens such as Bloom, who said Indian Hill works to bring residents of assisted living homes out for the show.

He assists with the Encore Cafe program, too, during which conductors and performers sit for question-and-answer sessions after concerts. At other times, Bloom helps prepare and package mailings the organization conducts.

Volunteering is no new activity for Bloom.


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Over the course of his life, he has offered his services in four different states for a wide range of fields, mostly focusing on mental health and developmentally disabled children.

Bloom himself does not have any musical experience -- as he put it, he "flunked three different instruments over the years" -- but he and his wife did always enjoy listening to classical music.

But what has kept him interested in volunteering for 10 years, he said, is supporting Indian Hill's role in the area.

"These are services they provide to the community, and I feel I'm doing something to help them provide these kinds of services," Bloom said.

Bloom has become such a regular fixture at Indian Hill events that Natalie Pozzetti, the organization's volunteer coordinator, describes him as "Indian Hill's 'volunteer extraordinare.'"

"What can't Ed do?" Pozzetti said in a statement. "While I wear many hats at Indian Hill, the best part of my job is working with and getting to know our volunteers like Ed. They have hearts of gold and inspire me both in my professional and personal life."

The school is preparing to move its headquarters from Littleton to a brand-new 120,000 square-foot facility being constructed in Groton. Plans for the facility include numerous classrooms and a 1,000-seat performance center that organizers say will draw widespread interest.

Bloom himself is enthusiastic about the organization's future.

"I'm just delighted at what they're going to do," he said. "It's going to be an incredible facility. It's going to add a lot to the culture of this area and the reputation of this area."

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