November Community Storytelling Circle

Asking for help with Cristian Salazar @ CIELO

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Asking for help: Ways to access community resources without shame

Maneras de acceder a los recursos de la comunidad sin Vergüenza


Cristian is a Chicano Advocate who first started as a volunteer with CIELO in 2016. With the hardships of the pandemic, he knew our community had a limited number of resources. In an effort to support the Latinx community, he took on the role of Community Navigator in May of 2021. Since then, he has been able to distribute over 500k funds. He is on a mission to help others access the resources they need without shame by sharing his story and authentic self. We will gather to listen to Cristian’s story, and move into small groups to reflect on moments from our own lives of asking for help. This event is produced in community partnership with CIELO, and promotes community, self-sufficiency, and leadership of Latinx folks in the South Sound.


Monday, November 21 @ 6 - 7:30 pm


CIELO Centro Integral Educativo Latino de Olympia

1601 North Street SE, Olympia, WA 98501

(follow signs off the parking lot and into the small building over the bridge)

*Sliding scale ($0-$100)


  • Opening: Intention, purpose, grounding, community agreements (large group)
  • (30 mins) Engage with story & narrator (large group)
  • (35 mins) Facilitated listening and story-sharing (small groups)
  • Reflection (large group share out and resource share)
  • Closing

Please email with any questions. Looking forward to being in community in-person with you on Monday, November 21st!

Masks are recommended but not required.
Se recomiendan máscaras pero no son obligatorias.



This series highlights the extraordinary lives of ordinary people in our local community. On a regular basis, Window Seat Media features guest narrators who bring to light new perspectives of who we are in the South Sound. Participants collectively listen to the narrator's story and respond by sharing their own stories in facilitated small group conversations. Stories come in many formats: a brief interview, audio or visual media piece, poetry, podcast, or other artistry. The event creates opportunities for dialogue and civic engagement where folks can feel a sense of belonging and connection. We want this to be a consistent and low-barrier offering that serves as a point of entry into our community of multimedia storytellers, artists, activists, and organizers. See the stories from this project.


Profits from ticket sales directly support Window Seat Media & CIELO, our community partner for this event. We balance the need to honor the actual value of the skills and services offered with our commitment to equity and accessibility. All Window Seat Media events have a large sliding scale of pricing so that if folks who have an abundance pay a little more, it will empower others to spend a little less when they need to. The outcome? Everyone is able to attend. The actual cost of producing this event is about $250. We appreciate all donations, both large and small.