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 or is eligible to receive an annuity from the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS).

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

Since its inception, TRTF has awarded over $210,000 in aid to over 210 recipients.

TRTF has a generous goal of giving away $27,000 in grants to retirees in critical need through the “A Helping Hand” program in 2022.


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 representative. 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].