Making a Community Resource Guide

One thing that I always try to do in the summer is make a community resource guide. During the year, I always need to have referral sources on hand when situations come up, and I don’t always have time to Google to find agencies. So, during the summer when I have the time, I research local agencies that I might need for referrals throughout the year and touch base with the service providers there so that I can make a community resource guide to serve my students and their families.

During the summer, I take time to make a community resource guide so that I have quick access for referrals all year long. See what I include!

Make a Community Resource Guide

Some of the community agencies that I reach out to are family, grief, and mental counselors, housing resources, parenting and child mentoring resources, military support agencies, shelters, and food banks just to name a few. I keep a running log with agencies, phone numbers, and a contact person.

When I reach out to these agencies, I introduce myself and find out who the best contact person is at the agency. Often, I get a good idea about the services an agency can provide from their websites, but talking to an actual person reveals so many more ways these places can help our students and families. I jot down some notes about all of the available services on the guide as well.

If I’m updating my resource log, I always call to touch base and make sure that person is still there. It’s always frustrating to give a parent a referral only for them to call me back and say the person whose name I gave them doesn’t work there anymore!

After I have a log of community agencies who I can refer families to when a need arises, I keep it organized in a binder by service. I also like to have a digital copy so I have access on my phone or laptop in meetings or on the go. You never know when you’ll need to provide someone with an outside referral!


If you’re looking for more ways to prepare yourself for the school year, I outlined my tasks for before, during, and after the school year in this new course linked below. Take a look at The New School Counselor Survival Guide – a Roadmap for Thriving in Your First Year.

During the summer, I take time to make a community resource guide so that I have quick access for referrals all year long. See more school counseling tasks and tips for new school counselors in The New School Counselor Survival Guide: Roadmap for Thriving in Your First Year

Want more organization ideas? Click here to see how I organize group materials to keep myself on track!

During the summer, I take time to make a community resource guide so that I have quick access for referrals all year long. See what I include and find more tips for new school counselors to prepare before the school year
During the summer, I take time to make a community resource guide so that I have quick access for referrals all year long. See what I include and find more tips for new school counselors to prepare before the school year

2 thoughts on “Making a Community Resource Guide

  1. Hi Keri,

    Do you have this template for sale in your TPT store? I would love to implement this.

    Thanks!

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