Social media brings new meanings to the term crowdfunding. The old-fashion way to raise money to help people was to hold a fundraiser, get investors, or volunteer for a particular issue.

All of those things are still important, but now, more than ever, the story of a worthy cause (with a donation link included, of course) can spread in minutes. Advertising on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and even email make issues and campaigns accessible immediately.

Perhaps, with such a platform, social media takes on some sort of community responsibility. Any individual can choose from literally hundreds of thousands of different campaigns in the blink of an eye. Crowdfunding sites and social media make giving to a charitable cause as easy as making your morning coffee. In cases of natural disasters, illnesses, or tragedies, it’s easier to help each other than ever before. Where government or health agencies fail, maybe social media can succeed with community recruitment.

Take, for instance, the Louisiana flood. CrowdRelief allows the community to directly connect to flood victims in a way that would not be possible without social media. The use of Facebook Live lets outsiders watch as people receive their donations, making for an even more intimate experience. The Facebook Live feature can connect us in a way that is more personable than just a screen. We can see a flood victim’s living conditions and facial expressions in action. Maybe you can donate items as you watch volunteers help work to rebuild their homes.

Neighborly involvement comes in many different forms now-a-days. If you’re feeling rather charitable why not take 30 seconds to find a cause that interests you?