On Tuesday, September 20th, six hotpot! members attended a ceremony in which we received a $3,550 grant award from the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund (DVLF) – Racial Equity Initiative (REI). In June 2011 the steering committee collaborated on and applied to this grant; and in early August we received word that we had been accepted. Hotpot! is a young volunteer-run organization and thus we are especially grateful and excited to receive this grant. Previously we put some of the funds towards our facilitators and space rental for our mission and vision retreat this September. The retreat is critical to Hotpot! members to carve out time and space to dream big about what Hotpot! means to us, visibility as Queer APIs, social change, how we will build, shape, and grow Hotpot! from infancy. This year’s DVLF REI grant provides means for members to attend and present workshops at The Queer Womyn of Color Conference and Creating Change conferences,to outreach to newcomers, to cross-collaborate with allied organizations, and more. What a wonderful gift as we celebrate Hotpot!’s 2 year old birthday!