Over the years, Greg has spent a lot of time - & collaborated with a lot of groups - in Iowa. On a personal level, he has enjoyed fun experiences like taking batting practice on the Field of Dreams in Dyersville. On a civic level, his foundation funded several scholarships for students studying in Iowa. On the professional level, the books based on Greg's story (The Silhouette Man & The First Thirty) have been utilized by organizations & schools around Iowa (i.e. Heyn's Ice Cream, Van Meter, Country Style Ice Cream & Coffee, Des Moines Area Community College) with their staff, clients or students &/or as part of their outreach efforts to make a difference in their community. Groups in Iowa (i.e. Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau, Think Iowa City, Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau) have sponsored Iowa-based editions of The Elevator Project (a kindness recognition project based on the books). Groups in Iowa (i.e. First Central State Bank) have ordered copies of the book posters for local kids. Others (i.e. Pella Regional Health Center Foundation) have ordered copies of Greg's Legacy poster for their supporters, SCROLL DOWN TO CONTINUE
Greg has spoken at many events around Iowa for people of different ages & backgrounds. He has spoken at events for seniors in cities like Dyersville, North Liberty & Eldridge and for staff who work with seniors in Oskaloosa. He served as Grandkid-in-Residence for a senior community in Clive. He has spoken to volunteers & philanthropists (i.e. guest speaker at a nonprofit organization's event in Des Moines). He has done lectures for college students (i.e. hospitality & culinary students at Kirkwood Community College, education majors at Central College, a student organization at University of Iowa), He has spoken at events for younger students (i.e. a middle school in Davenport). He has done readings of his upcoming picture book (The Milkshake Man) for elementary school-aged students in school & camp settings in places like Long Grove & Davenport. The public library in Monroe had Greg do a reading for intergenerational audience of kids and parents to kick off their Kindness Campaign. Three of Greg's interns have been college students in Iowa.