Program Overview

"A Helping Hand," launched in 2010, provides public education retirees with charitable assistance for a one-time special need or other short-term hardship. Recipients include anyone who is receiving an annuity from the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS).

Applicants don't need to be a member of TRTA.

Since its inception in 2010, TRTF’s “A Helping Hand” program has awarded over $240,000 in aid.

TRTF has a generous goal of distributing $25,000 in grants through the “A Helping Hand” program for 2023-2024. 


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 chapter president or Foundation liaison. For additional information, email [email protected] or call 1.800.880.1650. A local chapter 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 [email protected].