Beaufort County Coalition for Choice is building a network. To be added to their Action Alert mailing list, call 803-671-3449.
52%, a women's political action group, meets the third Monday of each month. The group also meets for happy hour every second Thursday at 5:30 at Kiva Han Cafe & Coffee House, 235 East Bay St., followed by a board meeting (open to all) at 7 p.m.
Also, volunteers are needed for clinic defense at the Charleston Women's Medical Clinic Saturday mornings, 7:30 -- 10 a.m., to protect women from protesters. For information, call 803-853-0052.
The Center for Women offers support services and enrichment programs for women. Hours are 11 a.m. -- 7 p.m. on Mondays; 9 a.m. -- 4 p.m. Tues. -- Fri. The Center offers a support group for expectant mothers which meets every 2nd and 4th Monday at 11:30 a.m. at 20 Mary St. Call 803-772-4909 for details.
East Cooper Democrats hold their monthly Democratic Revival on the first Tuesday of each month. Call 803-884-0624 or 884-6312.
Gamblers Anonymous holds meetings every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church Community Bldg., Rm. 5, 6650 Dorchester Rd. Call the hotline at 803-744-4357.
For information on gay-related events in your area, contact the Lowcountry Gay and Lesbian Alliance at 803-720-8088 or write: LGLA, P.O. Box 98, Charleston, SC 29402.
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) meets the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at Metropolitan Community Church, 2010 Hawthorne Dr. Call 803-856-0577.
The Poets' Corner is a group for published and unpublished writers. For a calendar of events, send SASE to 5009 Jenkins Ave., N. Charleston, SC 29405.
Lowcountry AIDS Services needs volunteers for their Buddy Program. Three training sessions are required. Call 803-577-2437 by Feb. 24 for details.
The Women's Resource Center offers a Legal Information Clinic for Women. An attorney is available Mondays, 5:30 -- 6:45 p.m. Cost is $5 per session. Call the YWCA of the Midlands at 803-252-2151 for information.
Call the Association for Children for Enforcement of Support for information on how to collect child support. Call 803-951-7248 (Lexington County) or 803-755-6713 (Richland). Services are free.
Need a true pal? Adopt a pet from the Animal Protection League, 6080 Old Leesville Rd. Call 803-783-2119.
Carolina Cats, a pet rescue foundation, needs temporary homes for cats awaiting adoption. Vet care and supplies provided. Call 803-791-7707. Donations of all kinds are gratefully accepted. Write: P.O. Box 210705, Columbia, SC 29221.
Columbia Audubon Society sponsors a variety of free events. Call 803-737-7204 or the Audubon Society's Infoline, 803-748-9066.
The Columbia Zen Group meets Sundays from 6 -- 8 p.m. at 2065 Blossom St. Call 803-779-4902 for details.
Friends of Hospice needs volunteers to assist terminally ill patients. Call 803-376-4090 to register for the Feb.26 -- 27 training course.
HELPLINE, the 24-hour crisis intervention, suicide prevention, information and referral hotline of the Midlands needs volunteers. Call 803-790-4357.
Hombres!, a support group for gay men, meets at 7 p.m. Mondays; Les Ms., a confidential group for gay women, meets on Tuesdays at 7 p.m.; and PFLAG, a support group for family members, meets the third Thursday of each month at the Center, 1108 Woodrow St. Call 803-771-7713.
The annual March for Meals will be held Feb. 15 from 10 -- 11:30 a.m. at Richland Mall to benefit the Meals on Wheels program for the homebound elderly. Call 803-252-7734 for details.
The Columbia Branch NAACP meets the third Sunday of each month. For details, call 803-256-8771.
Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services offers confidential support groups for people with HIV; one for HIV+ men and women, one for HIV+ women only. Call 803-779-7257.
Pets Inc., a pet rescue group in the Midlands that has saved more than 5,000 cats and dogs, needs your support. To make a donation, call 803-749-9391.
Rape Crisis Network offers a support group for recent adult rape victims every 4th Tuesday at 7 p.m at Richland Memorial. Sessions are free and facilitated by professionals. Call 803-252-8393 for details.
The South Carolina Progressive Network will hold a legislative strategy session on Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. at the state's AFL-CIO headquarters, 224 LaTonea Dr. (between Shoney's and the Texaco on Bush River Rd.). Member groups that are doing lobbying, or need help doing so, should send a representative. For details, call 803-254-1803. For directions, call 793-8300.
Vis-a-Vis is a confidential social support group for bisexual women. To assure anonymity, meetings and locations may change regularly. Call 803-771-7713 and leave a first name and phone number stating where and when you may be contacted.
February is Telephone Book Recycling Month in Lexington and Richland counties. Call 803-612-1666, ext. 8828 for a recorded listing of drop-off sites.
Downtown Residential Neighborhood (DRN) is establishing a citywide neighborhood network to protect communities from rezoning, crime, substandard housing problems and the like. Call 864-271-7678 for details.
Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse offers 24-hour crisis line counseling, emergency shelter and help with orders of protection. Call 1-800-868-2632.
Call the GI Rights Hotline at 1-800-FYI-95GI to be connected with organizations in your area for assistance and support.
Rural Southern Voice for Peace offers The Listening Project, conflict resolution training, public education and action. For details, call 803-252-2221.
Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness offers legal assistance with rights violations. For information, call 1-800-922-5225.
The Recycle for Gold program lets you recycle your unwanted car simply by calling 1-800-590-1600. The program benefits the donors, the environment and the 11,000 athletes in the S.C. Special Olympics.
Quaker House offers soldiers help. Want out? AWOL? Homosexual? Call Quaker House at 1-800-FYI-95GI (394-9544) for free, confidential information about your rights and discharge options. Call 803-252-2221 for a Columbia contact.
The S.C. Center for the Book, dedicated to building a "book culture," has a toll-free number. Fax 803-765-9219 or call 1-888-SC-READS or 803-765-9209 to leave information about a book-related event or to hear a list of upcoming events relating to the written word.
Ethnics United is sponsoring a Create Your Own African-American Flag Competition. Deadline to enter is Feb. 28. Winning entries will be hung in the State Museum in Columbia. Call 803-771-6189 for details.
The S.C. Sierra Club holds monthly meetings across the state. Find the group nearest to you and help wage the fight to save South Carolina's environment.