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 every 2nd and 4th Monday at 11:30 a.m. at 20 Mary St. Call 803-772-4909.
East Cooper Democrats hold their monthly Democratic Revival on the first Tuesday of each month. Call 803-884-0624 or 884-6312.
Gamblers Anonymous meets every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church Community Bldg., Rm. 5, 6650 Dorchester Rd. Call 803-744-4357.
For information on gay-related events in your area, contact the Lowcountry Gay and Lesbian Alliance at 803-720-8088.
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The Poets' Corner is a group for published and unpublished writers.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.
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 at 803-252-2151.
Call the Association for Children for Enforcement of Support for information on collecting child support. Call 03-951-7248 (Lexington County) or 803-755-6713 (Richland). Services are free.
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 the Infoline at 803-748-9066.
The Columbia Film Society, a nonprofit community arts organization, seeks volunteers. Call 803-254-8234.
The Columbia Shambhala Center offers free meditation instruction on Wednesdays 7 - 8 p.m., and Sundays 9 - noon at 2065 Blossom St. Call 803-254-9048.
The Columbia Zen Group meets Sundays from 6 - 8 p.m. at 2065 Blossom St. Call 803-779-4902.
The Congaree Land Trust, which works to conserve open spaces with ecological, scenic or cultural value in the Lower Saluda, Broad, Wateree and Edisto river watersheds, will hold its spring membership event on May 18, 12:30 - 4 p.m., at the River Road and Jasmine Houses and Gardens. For information or directions, call 803-790-8129.
Harvest Hope Food Bank needs volunteers. Call 803-765-9181.
HELPLINE, the 24-hour crisis intervention, suicide prevention 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 1108 Woodrow St. Call 803-771-7713 for details.
The Columbia Branch NAACP meets the third Sunday of each month. 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, needs your help. Call 803-749-9391 to find out how you can help.
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. The Network's 24-hour hotline is 771-RAPE.
The South Carolina Committee Against Hunger has opened an advocacy center, at 1919 Hampton St., to help develop long-range strategies to combat poverty. It offers a Hunger Link Hotline, 1-800-529-5837, to link clients with services; welfare reform education; KIDS FIRST, to educate parents on the importance of the school breakfast program; organizing low-income clients to build small businesses; and legislative lobbying. To volunteer or for information, call 800-529-5837. To make a tax-deductible contribution, write P.O. Box 11695, Columbia, SC 29211.
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.
Call the GI Rights Hotline at 1-800-FYI-95GI to be connected with groups in your area for assistance and support.
Public Campaign is a new nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to taking special-interest money out of America's elections. Find out how you can get involved by calling 202-293-0222 or visiting their Web site: www.publicampaign.org.
Rural Southern Voice for Peace offers The Listening Project, conflict resolution training, public education and action. 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.
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 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 S.C. Special Olympics.
The S.C. Center for the Book has a toll-free number. You can 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.
The S.C. Organ Procurement Agency offers speakers for groups and clubs. Call 1-800-462-0755.
Grassroots groups are invited to join the South Carolina Progressive Network, a growing coalition of organizations across the state working for social, economic and environmental justice. Help build a viable progressive community in South Carolina, and see what the Network can do for you. For a free brochure, call 1-800-849-1803, 808-3781 in Columbia, or write: PO Box 8325, Columbia, SC 29202.
Union Summer seeks applicants for its 1997 season. Last year, 1,000 activists took part in a national movement to protect workers' rights. You can take part this summer and spend a month in neighborhoods organizing for workplace rights and social justice. For information or an application, call 1-800-952-2550. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.