Helping Our Community

Ad052816Coldwell Banker Tara Properties Agents, through our Community Fund, contribute part of EVERY commission to help people in need on Whidbey Island, local community agencies and non-profits. We give EVERY DAY, not just occasionally. We’re happy to be a part of this Island and we show it.

Coming Soon With Your Help

RyanRyan’s House for Youth offers a safe, home-like environment for at-risk and homeless teens. With the help of caring mentors, youth find the tools to help heal and grow in their relationships, while giving them the opportunities to reach their highest potential.

Ryan’s House has the opportunity to purchase the former Countryside Inn located on the Highway across from Island Transit Station in Coupeville, which is comprised of 2 buildings totaling 7200 sq ft on approx. 7.8 acres of prairie at the entrance to Ebey’s Landing Reserve. This will take care of the immediate need for a Drop-In Center large enough to accommodate more kids.

Rick Chapman and Marchele Hatchner from Coldwell Banker Tara Properties are providing brokerage service on a pro bono basis. The seller, SaviBank, understands that a strong community is good business and are contributing $75,000. Some additional funds have already been raised. The remaining balance of $407,000 needs to be raised by the end of February. Matching funds are available and any donation will be greatly appreciated.

Contribute on the website www.ryanshouseforyouth.org
By text RHFY to 71777 or mail PO Box 551, Langley, WA 98260
Drop-in Center 1832 Scott Rd, Freeland or at the Big Red Event annual fundraiser February 13, 2016
Questions? 360-331-4575, 206-356-2405, ryanshouseforyouth@gmail.com

Tour de Whidbey – 2015

Hedgebrook Farm

Hedgebrook Farm

Another year for the Tour de Whidbey and Coldwell Banker brokers again volunteered to host the favorite break station at Hedgebrook Farm. Over 250 people came by for water and snacks. The home-made snacks were provided by our brokers and were enjoyed by all who stopped. Coldwell Banker Tara Properties’ brokers are proud to support Whidbey Island community activities and organizations. See you next year!

The Break Station

The Break Station

Happy Bikers

Happy Bikers

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 http://www.cbwhidbey.com/community-fund-and-non-profit-org.

Whidbey Island Polar Bear Plunge

BRRRR!! Be on hand at Double Bluff Beach in Freeland on January 1 to partake in the annual Polar Bear Plunge. Registration is at 10:30 am and the jump is at noon. The cost is $15 (bring a can of food for Good Cheer and get $5 off). You’ll get coffee and an official event T-shirt. Proceeds benefit the 4-H Teen Leaders Program. A great community event!

Free Homebuyer Workshop

Keys to your new homeLouis Muniz of Well Fargo Mortgage will be hosting a Free Homebuyer Workshop this Saturday, October 19, from 11am-12:30pm at the Wells Fargo in Freeland. Learn about finding, financing, and owning a home in today’s real estate market. Louis will explain the benefits and costs of home ownership; credit, debt, & mortgage guidelines; how different kinds of mortgages work; and how to choose a Realtor to help you choose your new home (big hint: Coldwell Banker Tara Properties can help you there).

If you’re interested, call Louis to reserve your seat. He can be reached at 360-331-5952 (office) or 360-969-1028 (cell). This is open to any member of the community whether you’re a seasoned homeowner or a new home buyer.

Drug Take Back Program

Island County’s Sheriff’s office is once again hosting a free Drug Take Back Program on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 am to 2 pm. They will collecting any unused, expired, or unwanted prescription drugs – no questions asked. This is a far better way to dispose of your prescription drugs than in your sewer or septic tank or throwing in the trash.

There are 3 stations in our community you can come to: Island County Sheriff’s Office in Freeland at 5521 E. Harbor Road, Coupeville Marshal’s Office at 4 N.E. Seventh St., and Oak Harbor Police Department at 860 S.E. Barrington Drive.

Whidbey This Weekend

Lots going on on Whidbey Island this weekend…

The Annual Whidbey Farm Tour, a FREE, self-guided tour of 14 different farms on Whidbey. There will be veggies, fruits, llamas, alpacas, chickens, goats, yarn, liqueur, flowers, honey, blueberries, herbs, teas, beef, and much more. The tour will be Saturday and Sunday (9/21 & 9/22) from 10am to 4pm. Click on the link, download the map and go visit. Note: Some of the farms are only open one day, so read the descriptions carefully.

Tour de WhidbeyThe Tour de Whidbey, happening on Saturday, 9/21, is an an annual bicycling event with 6 routes to choose from, measuring from 30 to 100 miles long. They even have a fairly flat family-friendly 10-mile run. Some are very challenging with varied terrain. All of them take in the beautiful scenery that is Whidbey Island. Coldwell Banker Tara Properties will be maintaining one of the Hospitality Break Stations, offering refreshments and encouragement to riders along the way.

Just north of Whidbey, Anacortes will host the 2013 Oyster Run – the largest motorcycle run in the Pacific Northwest. This free event will take place on Sunday (9/22), but riders will be arriving throughout the weekend. If you plan on attending, they recommend you get there early–“the place will be packed”.

Spring Shred Event

Mark your calendars for May 11 from 10 am to 2 pm and get rid of old sensitive documents the easy way while supporting one of Island County’s non-profit organizations. The Soroptimist International of South Whidbey Island is holding a ‘Spring Shred Event’ at the Trinity Lutheran Parking Lot at 18341 SR 525 in Freeland. Time to clean out your filing cabinets, garages & storage rooms. Securely dispose of your personal and financial records by a licensed and bonded secure shredding company. Minimum donation is $5 for banker’s box or grocery bag and $10 for an oversized box or bag.

Drug Take Back on Saturday

Law enforcement agencies are holding their 5th ‘Drug Take Back’, giving residents an opportunity to dispose of unwanted medication safely. The goal is to prevent accidental poisoning, drug abuse, and drug-seeking burglaries.

Oak Harbor police will accept medications in the front lobby of the police department. The Coupeville marshal will accept medications at Town Hall. And the Island County sheriff will be at the South Precinct on East Harbor Road in Freeland. The event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at three island locations.

Sheriff Mark Brown said the emphasis of the program is on prescription pain pills, but that any type of unused or expired prescription medicine are accepted.

You can read more about the program on this Whidbey News-Times article.