About Us

CRECE was founded by a refugee and survivor of the Civil War in El Salvador. On February 21, 1990, CRECE emerged with the hopes of helping our communities and the wish to bring solidarity and love to poor communities in El Salvador. From the beginning, we have defined ourselves as a non-profit organization. Our purpose has been to work on a multitude of projects, programs, and services that could help alleviate many of the needs facing our communities, such as  the following:

  1. Social justice and leadership development of our community
  2. Soccer program
  3. Traditional holiday celebrations like Christmas, Easter, Mother’s Day
  4. Bringing Hope project to the impoverished communities of El Salvador

We refer to other social services and organizations for issues that we cannot personally address, such as immigration issues. We have generated support and service for different communities. We have also achieved the integration of North American and Latino communities in community work and service, and have worked to share our values and culture with the new generation. We have worked on providing alternatives for our young people and children to prevent youth violence and guns, instilling further formal education and addressing different problems that can affect their lives such as drugs, alcohol and prostitution. as an alternative, we developed the CRECE soccer league. We believe that this project has benefited approximately 350 children. CRECE’s commitment has been to work hard on behalf of these children and young adults. We are pleased that we have successfully helped countless families and individuals.


We are pleased to see the project, (CRECE bringing hope to El Salvador) that started in 1994, continue to succeed. We have been creating our support through this program by visiting once a year, leading a delegation of 10-15 people. Our purpose has been to help with donations such as clothing, shoes, medicine, school supplies, and sports equipment. We have supported small community and family economic development projects, through which we have obtained education scholarships for 21 young people. In some visits to El Salvador, we have held health fairs which provided a substantial number of people free medical consults.

CRECE Bringing Hope to El Salvador is humanitarian project that emphasizes love and learning. In these projects we want to promote physical and mental health, as well as to how to prevent youth violence and domestic violence. We have found that our communities re limited in all of these services so we strive to provide beneficial services.


Contact Us

If you are interested in volunteering or helping any other way possible please contact us directly to our office (510) 533-8140 or send us an e-mail to creceoakland@sbcglobal.net

Also, feel free to give a call directly to our Executive Director, Esteban Marino De Paz, a.k.a. Tulio Serrano (510) 393-9546


CRECE is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.