North Whidbey Help House

HelpHouseThe Community Fund of Coldwell Banker Tara Properties is happy to support the North Whidbey Help House. Pictured is Jan McKinney from our Oak Harbor officer presenting a check to a Help House representative.

The Help House provides assistance to those in need in our community in an impartial and dignified manner and provides supplemental/emergency food, Salvation Army prescription vouchers once a year, and telephone health and welfare checkups via their tele-care program. They work with other human service agencies in our community to ensure the best possible assistance possible and assist wherever possible in not only improving lifestyles, but striving towards independence from the need for assistance.

Congratulations… us!

Erl Bangston, our founder

This month marks the 39th anniversary of the beginning of Coldwell Banker Tara Properties. Erl Bangston started Tara Properties way back in 1975 and we’ve been a successful real estate company on Whidbey Island ever since. Our experienced and knowledgeable agents have helped thousands of folks buy their dream homes and gotten them top dollar when they decided to sell. Through our Community Fund, we’ve helped non-profits, people in need, and provided scholarships for high school students on their way to college. Tara Properties became Coldwell Banker Tara Properties in 1995. By associating with this global company, we extended our reach to aid those buyers coming from afar and sellers relocating to a distant town.

We’re ready to start our next 39 years on Whidbey Island.

Community Fund – 30 Years and Counting

To date, Coldwell Banker Tara Properties’ Agents have contributed over $352,000 through the company’s “Community Fund” for people in need and for community agencies and schools on Whidbey Island. Many of our agents are personally involved with these worthwhile causes. Part of every commission is deposited into our Community Fund. Read about some of our recipients at

Community Fund Gives to Good Cheer Food Bank

Gail Pierce, on behalf of the Coldwell Banker Tara Properties’ Community Fund, presents a $500 check to Shawn Nowlin, the Community Outreach Coordinator of the Good Cheer Food Bank. The Community fund contributed to all three Whidbey Island food banks in December as well as Helping Hand, the Senior Center, Readiness to Learn Foundation, and Big Brothers and Sisters of Island County among others.

Coldwell Banker Tara Properties’ Community Fund is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2014. They have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to scholarships, non-profit agencies, and families in need over the years. Part of every commission earned goes to finance the Community Fund which in turn is used to donate to worthy Whidbey Island groups and individuals.

The Community Fund at Work

Coldwell Banker Tara Properties Community FundGail Pierce presents a $500 Coldwell Banker Tara Community fund check to Frankie, the HUB manager and ‘Mugsy’.  The HUB has provided an after school drop-in center for South Whidbey Island teens for twenty years. They recently reinvented themselves when their grant funding evaporated and they must now rely on community support to provide this safe place for teens to gather after school with food, supervision, and activities. The HUB has been open 5 days a week since school started this fall!

The HUB is a ‘spooktacular’ place to hang out-they are really decked out for Halloween!  Drop in to see it if you’re in Langley about the time school lets out-they welcome volunteers and donations.

No-Pay Phones from Whidbey Telecom

Whidbey Telecom is converting all of their island pay phones to free phones for local calls. You can read about the change in the South Whidbey Record’s article: Phone Conversion

Supporting our Whidbey Island Community

Donation to HUB

Gail Pierce of Coldwell Banker Tara presents check to Eric Westphal of HUB

The South Whidbey Youth Connection closed the after-school drop-in Center for teens last summer when their grant expired. The HUB opened again in January with reduced staff one day a week. Their new board has been fundraising to try to extend hours of operation and the HUB will be open 2 days a week starting next month thanks to the generosity of the community.

Coldwell Banker Tara Commmunity fund supported SWYC for several years. It was sad to see the center close after 20 years of serving community youth last year. We were happy to see the doors open early this year, even if it is only for limited hours.
This is a place for the kids to go and socialize after school while many parents are still at work. Our donation will help keep the center in operation this Spring. Middle school students can go after school & have a meal (they are always hungry) with supervised activities.  It also provides an opportunity for  volunteers to interact with, support, and mentor youth. More than food and fun activities, it communicates to youth that adults in the community value and support them. The center is currently seeking volunteers to help with food prep in the HUB kitchen after school.

Thank you Coldwell Banker agents, for supporting the youth of our community!

Langley’s Deck the Door Contest

Langley is holding a ‘Deck the Door’ contest, the proceeds of which will go to the Good Cheer Food Bank. Come in to our Langley office and cast your vote for Coldwell Banker Tara Properties and make a contribution into the ‘Plum Puddin’ Pennies’ box (ballot stuffing is encouraged!). Your contribution will be matched by the Coldwell Banker Tara Properties’ Community Fund. AND, you’ll be registering for two free tickets to The Nutcracker at the Whidbey Island Dance Theatre. Voting begins on November 25, so don’t delay!