Caring Help for Education Endeavors by Retirees was formed by MNEA-Retired to be a public benefit by enhancing the learning conditions of Missouri's children. CHEER will provide opportunities for MNEA-Retired members to reach out to public school district employees, particularly early career educators, and provide financial and material resources such as, but not limited to the following: 

  • Providing needed school supplies for classrooms or teachers. 
  • Enhancing workspaces for teachers and school personnel.
  • Funding literacy projects.
  • Funding teacher training opportunities.       
  • Promoting volunteerism.
  • Participating in programs that relieve poverty.
  • Promoting school readiness.

 Please contact Olivia Compton ( for more information at (417) 569-1401. 


Contributions to the CHEER Fund can be made at any time during the year. You can choose to make a one-time or recurring contribution online with a credit/debit card or mail in a check with the printable form.

Contributions to the MNEA Charitable Fund are tax-deductible. 

Make a donation


Applications for the MNEA-Retired CHEER Fund must be received by Feb. 1 each year.

The MNEA-Retired President or designee(s) will review applications before funds are awarded. If applications are approved, applicants and sponsors will be notified around March 15 and funds will be awarded soon after. 

Submit an Application