Program Overview

TRTF’s charitable program, “A Helping Hand," was launched statewide in October 2010.

Since the program's inception, TRTF has awarded more than $143,000 in grants for such purposes as medical, dental, and utility bills to 143 individuals.

TRTF was also able to provide funds for an individual in Houston to purchase space heaters and groceries. One recipient needed to correct an eye disease, and needed special contact lenses to reshape her cornea. TRTF helps with emergencies such as these and more!

The Foundation has a generous goal of giving away $20,000 in grants from "A Helping Hand" in 2020. Help us reach that goal by donating today at!

What is "A Helping Hand"?

"A Helping Hand" provides public education retirees with charitable assistance for a one-time special need or other short-term hardship. Recipients include anyone who is receiving or is eligible to receive an annuity from the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS).

The Board of Trustees for TRTF voted in its March 2009 meeting to set aside $10,000 to launch the pilot version of the program. In February 2010, TRTF announced that “A Helping Hand” launched in the following four pilot districts: 8, 12, 17, and 20.

A pilot program allowed TRTF the opportunity to assess the efficiency of the application process and make adjustments as needed. "A Helping Hand" launched in all TRTA districts in October 2010.

This is an exciting time for the Foundation as it expands its charitable offerings. TRTF will be able to help retirees in critical need thanks to the generous support of TRTA members!


What if I need help or someone I know needs help?

If you are a member of TRTA and you (or someone you know) need(s) assistance, please contact your local unit president or Foundation representative. For additional information, email or call 1.800.880.1650. A local unit directory can be found by clicking here.

All applications are reviewed independently and remain confidential. A applicant or recipient's information will not be shared with the public unless the applicant/recipient provides permission to TRTF to share his or her story.

The Foundation provides financial assistance for a variety of needs, including but not limited to medical and dental bills, car and home repairs, energy bills, food and more. For a complete application packet, including guidelines and instructions, please contact TRTF!


If you or someone you know needs financial assistance through the "A Helping Hand" program, please call TRTF at

1.800.880.1650, (ask for Sarah) or send a request to