GoFundMe has become a popular alternative for people looking to raise money for myriad causes, including one Westford resident who lost part of her leg during the Boston Marathon bombings last year.
As of Jan. 7, 2014 she has reached $399,092 of her $750,000 goal.
There are other people looking to raise money to send cheerleaders to competitions, others raising money for funeral services for a loved one, people needing financial help with a pet... the list goes on and on.
Here are five nearby causes that are looking for help. Check out these causes and find out more about them. Go to GoFundMe to find even more.