The Center for Women offers support services. 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.
Charleston Habitat for Humanity builds homes in partnership with people from all walks of life to eliminate poverty housing and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Call 803-722-7145.
East Cooper Democrats hold their monthly Democratic Revival on the first Tuesday of each month. Call 803-884-0624.
Gamblers Anonymous meets Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 6650 Dorchester Rd. Call 803-744-4357.
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.
People Against Rape, serving survivors of sexual assault in the tricounty area, depends on volunteers to provide crisis intervention, advocacy and information. PAR needs volunteers to provide medical and legal aid to rape survivors. Call 803-761-7170.
The Poets' Corner is a group for writers. For a calendar of events, send SASE to 5009 Jenkins Ave., N. Charleston, SC 29405.
Amnesty International helps eradicate human rights abuses worldwide. In Columbia, call 803-216-0097, or visit the Web site at http://members.aol.com/leighline/index.html.
Call the Association for Children for Enforcement of Support (ACES) for information on collecting child support. Call 803-951-7248 (Lexington County) or 803-755-6713 (Richland). Services are free.
Need a true-blue pal? Adopt a pet from the Animal Protection League, 6080 Old Leesville Rd. Call 803-783-2119.
Carolina Cats needs temporary homes for cats awaiting adoption. Vet care and supplies provided. For more information on how you can help, call 803-791-7707. Donations of all kinds needed.
Columbia Audubon Society sponsors a variety of free events. Call the Infoline at 803-748-9066.
The Columbia Film Society 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 6-8 p.m. at 2065 Blossom St. Call 803-779-4902.
Harvest Hope Food Bank needs volunteers. Call 803-765-9181.
HELPLINE, a crisis intervention, suicide prevention and referral hotline, needs volunteers. Call 803-790-4357.
An Interfaith Walk for the Environment will be held on Nov. 1, 2-4 at King Memorial Park in Five Points. Hear religious speakers from a variety of faiths, and dance to the rhythms of the African Drum Ensemble and other music. Sponsored by P.E.A.C.E.; call 803-799-0845, ext. 3 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. Call 803-779-7257.
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) meets the third Thursday of each month at St. Martin's in the Field clubhouse at 6 p.m.
Pets Inc., a pet rescue group in the Midlands, needs your help. For information, call 803-739-9333.
Rape Crisis Network offers a support group for recent adult rape victims every 4th Tuesday at 7 p.m at Richland Memorial. Call 803-252-8394 for details.
Saturday Morning Out is an opportunity for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgendered and transsexual individuals to meet and fellowship. SMO is held the 2nd Saturday of each month, 10-noon, at the Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship at Heyward and Woodrow in Shandon.
The S.C. Committee Against Hunger's advocacy center is at 1919 Hampton St. The hotline, 1-800-529-5837, links clients with services.
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 803-252-2151 for information.
The University of South Carolina's Women's Studies Dept. presents Dr. Pamela E. Barnett speaking on "Why Rape is a Feminist Issue" on Oct. 21, 3:30 p.m. at Gambrell Hall on USC's campus.
Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse offers 24-hour crisis line counseling, emergency shelter and help with orders of protection. For details, call 1-800-868-2632.
Call the GI Rights Hotline at 1-800-FYI-95GI to be connected with groups in your area.
The Southeastern Regional Poetry Society is sponsoring a poetry contest for the Randall Jarrell Prize. There is no fee for each contestant's first poem. There is a $1.00 fee for each additional poem. Send entries or requests for additional information with a SASE to: Contest Chairman, PO Box 690782, Charlotte, NC 28227-7014. Deadline for entries is Nov. 30.
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.