The Texas Retired Teachers Foundation (TRTF) wants members of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) to know that help is now available in the form of grants for retirees who were affected by winter storm Uri in February.

The TRTF Board of Trustees has determined that each of the TRTA’s twenty districts will receive 30 Disaster Relief grants in the amount of $250 each to assist retired public-school employees who have been negatively affected by the storm.

We know that hundreds, if not thousands, of our members and TRS retirees suffered record-breaking low temperatures without electricity, heat, and running water during the storm. Many homes were destroyed due to flooding from broken pipes, resulting in thousands of dollars in damage. Many TRS retirees do not have substantial savings to help them recover from such unpredictable disasters.

Our Foundation supports educators of the past, present, and future, and has provided more than $210,000 to retirees and active teachers during natural disasters such as hurricanes, flooding, and winter storms.

Thanks to the generous donations from thousands of TRTA members, as well as the remarkable support from a few of our dedicated private donors and supporters, TRTF will be able to help at least 600 retirees! At a time a great struggle and uncertainty, our network of retired school employees and our friends gave to support each other.

For all those who gave, thank you! Your contributions are going to those who need the help, and we are very grateful for your kindness and generosity.

If your needs exceed the amount offered by the short-term grants, another option may be available for you. Please send an email to help@trtf.org to request a Disaster Relief Fund Long-Term grant application. A limited amount of long-term grants in the amount of $1,000 are available at this time.

How to Apply 

To request an application for assistance, please send an email to help@trtf.org. A brief application form will then be emailed back to you. Grants will be given on a first come, first served basis, until funds are depleted.

Want to Help?

If you would like to help provide emergency funds to retirees in need please consider making a donation to the TRTF Disaster Relief Program today! Your donation, no matter the amount, will help TRTF respond to requests for emergency assistance immediately and provide much-needed support to retirees.

Let us know if you know of a retiree who needs help! Many may have limited access to communications services, and you may be a lifeline between TRTF and someone in need. Contact us at 1.800.880.1650 (ask for Sarah) or send an email to help@trtf.org.

Thank You!

Thank you for giving hope during this time of uncertainty and every day for retirees in need. Your support helps TRTF to be ready at a moment’s notice when sudden and unavoidable disasters occur.