Giving back to those less fortunate doesn\u2019t have to be limited to writing a check to a local charity around the holidays.It can be done hands-on, throughout the year, with a wider impact than just one organization, and it can all be done in a day.That\u2019s the mission of IMPACTTrumbull, a local, family-based community service and volunteer group that supports existing non-profits in Fairfield and New Haven Counties through collecting, assembling and delivering special packages of goods.\u201cIMPACT stands for Individuals Making Positive Advances in our Community of Trumbull,\u201d said Jenn Record, president and founder. \u201cIt\u2019s all Trumbull families that get together \u2014including moms, dads, and kids \u2014 to donate their time and talent to those who need it the most.\u201cWe believe strongly in the idea of being a community and working together,\u201d she added. \u201cAnd we really want to raise the next generation to do the same \u2014 to grow up learning what it is to give back to others...\u201cIt\u2019s very important to all of us parents to incorporate our children, and to make this part of their lives.\u201dThis summer was exceptionally busy for the community service group, which consists of about 75 Trumbull residents who try to get together monthly to assemble the collected goods Record keeps at her house.On Aug. 18, Record hosted five IMPACT families in her home to assemble packages of goods that were donated by 35 members from the group as well as 20 other members from the Trumbull community.In total, IMPACT was able to donate 210 \u201cblessing bags,\u201d consisting of travel size toiletries, to the soup kitchen of United Congregrational Church in Bridgeport.But the generosity didn\u2019t stop there.The group delivered 26 \u201ccare caddies,\u201d which are full-size toiletries, to the Trumbull Food Pantry.Children at the St. Vincent\u2019s Special Needs Services school in Trumbull\u00a0 received\u00a0 34 \u201csweet cases,\u201d which include comfort items like teddy bears, blankets, crayons, and coloring books.Lastly, IMPACT was able to fill 54 backpacks with school supplies and give each one to Family ReEntry in Norwalk.\u201cThis was one of biggest collections yet,\u201d Record said. \u201cWe hadn\u2019t had a group project to assemble in about six or seven weeks so it was good to get together before everyone goes back to school.\u201dBeneficial impactOne of the positives to come away from the organization, which filed to become a non-profit in September 2012 and achieved 501-3c status less than a year later in August 2013, is that volunteers aren\u2019t required to fulfill a certain requirement of giving back.\u201cIMPACT has members who plan on volunteering for every event and we have members who plan on giving back certain times throughout the year,\u201d Record said. \u201cA highlight of our organization is that members don\u2019t feel pressure to give every time or to every cause; they do so when they can.\u201cMany members have already expressed a personal connection with an organization or cause and want to continue working with that organization on their own,\u201d she added.And the group isn\u2019t about making a difference through monetary donations.\u201cWe don\u2019t ask for money,\u201d Record said. \u201cWe like giving back without getting money involved.\u201dBesides blankets and teddy bears, IMPACT assembled 400 lunches for Stamford school children, in support of Filling in the Blanks, in June 2015. The group also collected 3,700 books in January 2015 which were donated to Read to Grow, a local non-profit whose mission is to promote early childhood literacy in Connecticut.Members have supported a diverse of organizations, ranging from the Trumbull Nature and Art Center to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission to Homes for the Brave to Tidy Up Trumbull to the ICU unit of Yale-New Haven Children\u2019s Hospital.\u201cThis fall, we have plans to support Bridgeport Rescue Mission, Filling in the Blanks, Hungry Kidzz, Trumbull Social Services, and Burroughs Community Center,\u201d Record said.\u201cTrumbull is a place where we can make a difference,\u201d she said. \u201cWe\u2019re fortunate to live in this great community and to have the ability to give back.\u201dFor more information go to www.impactrumbull.org.