Greenwood woman named volunteer of the year

A Greenwood woman was honored for her work with restoring downtown Greenwood.

Jennifer Hollingshead, the founder of Restore Old Town Greenwood, Inc., was named a Volunteer of the Year by the Indiana Main Street community program, which encourages residents to revitalize downtown. The program is a division of the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.

Seven Hoosiers statewide, including Hollingshead, were chosen to be Volunteer of the Year, said Indiana Main Street program manager Shae Kmicikewycz.

Hollingshead started Restore Old Town Greenwood, Inc., five years ago to save the downtown area of Greenwood, including along Main Street and Madison Avenue. This year, city officials applied for and received a grant for $400,000 to update and improve 22 facades of downtown businesses. The entire project will cost about $1.1 million.

Restore Old Town Greenwood gathered donations to go toward the facade update project.

Brad Nemeth, who also is a member of Restore Old Town Greenwood, Inc., nominated Hollingshead for the award, Kmicikewycz said. Hollingshead will be given an award during a ceremony today at the statehouse.