Get Involved: Our Top Picks for December 30–January 5

Get Involved is a weekly series pointing readers toward community-oriented events, volunteer opportunities, and good causes in Colorado.
December 30 2013, 1:00 PM

Be more social. Eat better. Get in shape. No matter your resolution this year, consider tacking on one more: Make a difference. Here are four ways to launch the new and improved you in 2014.

Ring in the New Year: If you're still weighing your New Year's Eve options, consider attending an event that is more than just a boozy celebration. Here are two options: Sheraton Denver Downtown’s Party with a Purpose, which partners with a local charity, and KOSI's New Year's Eve Gala, which benefits the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. Tuesday; times, locations vary

Feed the Hungry: While trying to revamp your own diet, help supplement those of others, as well. January is a time of need for food banks across the Rockies. Adding a few extra cans to your grocery list can make a big difference. And don't forget your four-legged friends, too.  Days, locations vary

Take a Swim: OK, technically it’s not a workout, but a quick plunge in the icy waters of the Boulder Reservoir will certainly get your heartrate up. Join hundreds of others at the Boulder Polar Plunge, an event raising funds for the Boulder County AIDS Project for more than three decades. Warm up with your free T-shirt. Yes, it has long sleeves. Wednesday, 10 p.m.; Boulder Reservoir

Keep up the good work: Coloradans stepped up in a big way in 2013, helping rebuild following floods and fires, and setting records yet again on Colorado Gives Day. But no matter your cause, there's always more good work to be done in 2014.

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