Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Ringing the Bells with Joy at Muskegon Rescue Mission!

The Gift of Music visited the Muskegon Rescue Mission on December 21st for a fun hour of bell ringing, carol singing, and Christmas story reading!

The group that participated were children of residents at Muskegon Rescue Mission, which has served individuals and families in need in the Muskegon Area with clothes, food, shelter and other services since 1907.

Early on Monday morning, Miss Chantal arrived with a bag full of jingle bells, stringed instruments and other fun musical goodies. The children enjoyed dancing with scarves, learning about different types of bells, and singing along to popular Christmas carols.  

At the end of class, each child received a Velcro jingle bell bracelet to keep! Program planning, travel, staff expenses and the cost of instruments are all a part of the C-Fund's Gift of Music Program. Any gift--whether big or small--makes a huge difference to our funding and directly impacts the lives of children in our area who are in need.

You can support wonderful programs like the C-Fund's Gift of Music program by making a cash or check donation to our 501(c)3 profit. Donations made before January 1st will be deductible for the 2015 tax year!

Look to your left for online donation options, or stop in or mail a check to:

The Joyful Noise C-Fund
508 Franklin St.
Grand Haven, MI

(616) 847-6600

Monday, November 9, 2015

Scribbles 2015 Fall Newsletter: Updates from the C-Fund!

Check out the Fall 2015 C_Fund Newsletter, "Scribbles", with this fun newsletter application! Or, if you'd prefer a streamlined PDF version, please download it here: 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Listen to Muskegon 100.9 FM this Sunday to hear some news about the Joyful Noise C-Fund!

Tune in to Muskegon 100.9FM on Sunday, June 28th at 5 p.m. to hear Chantal McDaniel (aka "Miss Chantal) from Joyful Noise Childcare and the C-Fund on The Bond Broadcast!

Hosted by father and son duo Jim and Michael Bond, The Bond Broadcast is a multi-generational, interactional talk radio show with a common-sense approach to parent/child viewpoints on culture and relationships.

Miss Chantal will be representing Joyful Noise and the Joyful Noise C-Fund and talking about raising and teaching children, Conscious Discipline and much more!

Don’t forget to tune in live at 100.9 FM, or simply click this link and stream LIVE on your computer or smart phone at:

Muskegon Radio Live

Friday, June 19, 2015

A Note From Miss Chantal: Gift of Music Class Reflection

Miss Chantal with the Stepping Stones Crew!

A Note From Miss Chantal 
(and the C-Fund's Gift of Music Program)

This last Wednesday marked my final Gift of Music class for the season. It's always hard to say goodbye!

It was just as tough to part last year, and the year prior to that. Did you know that the Joyful Noise C-Fund has provided three seasons of music classes so far to under-served children in the Ottawa County area? It is important to us that we give the gift of musical fun and learning to families who might not otherwise be able to afford those types of valuable early childhood services!

Thanks to a grant from the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation and the Mary Anne Sherwood Families and Children Field of Interest Fund, we were able to offer another round of high-quality programming this year to kids in need.
Our first section of classes for 2015 were at Grand Haven's local Head Start. I taught 3 consecutive weeks to a.m. students, followed by 3 consecutive weeks to p.m. students. I gave away around 35 slide whistles and brochures, and we had tons of fun exploring instruments, singing, and moving our bodies to music! On my very last day, the kids presented me with a card full of quotes (and some super-duper hugs). 

Next was a three week session with the children of Stepping Stones daycare in Holland, a childcare center that provides care for residents of the Holland Rescue Mission who are transient, homeless or in need of a safe place to stay. 

The children were so wonderful to work with. They eagerly awaited each music week (as well as Miss Kelli's Nutrition Expedition goodies!), and were so thankful for their slide whistles and the time we spent together. I saw a few familiar faces this year and met some new friends, and I enjoyed every moment of our time together, singing, playing and learning about music! =)

Looking at their picture above reminds me of how hard it was to say goodbye for the year, and how valuable my time spent was. I am so blessed to be a part of this program, and to be supported through your generous donations to the C-Fund. I can't thank our supporters enough for covering the costs of facilitating the program--from instrument purchases, to staffing costs.

Are you interested in supporting next year's classes? We need your help! Every bit counts!

Make a tax deductible donation to our non-profit program today (donation information to your left) and help cover the cost of an instrument or learning materials for a special child who is waiting patiently for the Gift of Music to come to them! 

Wishing You Well,

Miss Chantal

Friday, June 12, 2015

How Many Times Have I Told You? (Sound familiar?)

The Joyful Noise C-Fund is hosting a free parenting seminar on Tuesday, June 23rd from 5-6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church! 

Lesa Rice, a certified Conscious Discipline coach, will be presenting an hour and a half of valuable information on how to communicate effectively with children, all while maintaining your own composure. No registration is necessary. This event is free to the community so feel free to bring a friend, or share on your Facebook page!

When we asked Lesa Rice to comment on why she found the Conscious Discipline method to be superior to other forms of behavior support, she said: “Because it teaches the adults how to teach the child to regain their composure and how to handle all those big emotions when they don't get what they want.” The program, which is focused on managing conflict with self-control, helps both children and adults understand their emotions and motivations behind behaviors. Who doesn't want to feel more calm while handling conflict?

For those who would like to arrive a little early, coffee and dessert will be served. Attendees are encouraged to gather at 4:30 p.m. in the First Presbyterian lounge to enjoy refreshments and prepare for the conference. The first 100 guests to arrive will also receive a free gift bag filled with Conscious Discipline materials and note-taking supplies!

Hope to see you there!

Friday, June 5, 2015

We brought the Gift of Music and Nutrition Expedition to Stepping Stones in Holland!

Miss Chantal heads to Stepping Stones Daycare for Gift of Music classes for the next three consecutive weeks! 


The Joyful Noise C-Fund is so excited to be working again this year with Stepping Stones Daycare of Holland, Michigan! Stepping Stones is a very special school that provides daycare for homeless and transient children who are currently residing at Holland Rescue Mission's homeless shelter.

Here is a little bit more about Stepping Stones from their website: 
"Stepping Stones Daycare provides childcare for residents with children. This area of ministry affords parents the assurance of knowing that their children are being well cared for while they actively seek employment or continue to work at their current job.Stepping Stones is more than a daycare, it is a program designed to ease the impact of homelessness on the lives of children residing at the Mission. This ministry provides after-school tutoring, Bible story time, playtime, and field trips.It is difficult for a child to understand why their family could not stay in their home any longer. It is our desire to make the Mission feel like home while it is necessary for their families to stay here. The Family Hope Ministry Center accommodates the needs of this ministry by allowing space for a nursery, two all-purpose rooms, and a youth activity room equipped with computers and games for the older children.The Stepping Stones Daycare represents stability not only for the children, but for the entire family. The staff at Holland Rescue Mission knows that many who enter our doors lack a good foundation for practical living. If we can provide a stable environment for these little ones, we can help build a foundation for their future."
Miss Kelli Brunette of Joyful Noise Christian Childcare's "Nutrition Expedition" program also prepared a wonderful lesson plan and fresh fruit and vegetable box for children to explore and eat. The lesson was based on Giuseppe Arcimboldo, a 16th century Italian artist who loved to create artistic portraits with fruits and vegetables! The children looked at some of his work and had fun recreating their very own fruit and vegetable portraits. They also tried some of the delicious items from the box--even the limes. =)

Miss Chantal, program coordinator and teacher for The Joyful Noise C-Fund's Gift of Music Class, brought lots of fun items for music class, including this butterfly wand! The children enjoyed singing songs about transportation and colors with the ukulele, and each child received a slide whistle and companion brochure to be used for next three weeks of class. The slide whistles are gifts to be kept by the children once classes have ended!

Check back with us soon--there is more in store for the C-Fund this summer, from continued music classes to parenting seminars!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Spring Updates--Feeling Fresh!

Spring Updates--Feeling Fresh!

We have been so pleased with the accomplishments from Joyful Noise's C-Fund so far in the new year. Here are some highlights!

Loutit Library Pizza+ Books

What an absolute success our early childhood literacy event was! Thank you so much to all who attended. We were so thrilled to successfully serve children from infancy to eight years of age with free quality reading materials and a yummy pizza dinner.
One million thanks to the support we recieved from:
Check out the Youtube video of special musical guest Brian Vander Ark (formerly of The Verve Pipe) performing at this awesome and free literary event!

With the hundreds of high quality books we had left over after the event, we were able to donate to other great programs such as Grand Haven Head Start and Holland Rescue Mission.

The Gift of Music Continues!

Our high quality, free early childhood music classes are continuing this year as planned! "Sing and Slide" (a fun multi-class session that includes a free gift of a slide whistle and companion materials) has been traveling to Grand Haven Head Start to target the students who attend there. The children are enjoying every moment of the fun singing, dancing and movement that is included for them in each week's lesson! This summer Miss Chantal will also be traveling back to Stepping Stones daycare in Holland to teach free classes. Stepping Stones is program of the Holland Rescue Mission, and a childcare center supporting the homeless and transient of Holland, Michigan.

Stay updated via our blog and Facebook page! Please don't forget to support our program with your generous donations. Options for giving are located at your left!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

For the Love of Literacy Book Drive!


Official Press Release

C-Fund Seeks Support For Literacy Event At Loutit District Library

The Joyful Noise C-Fund is seeking make-believe fairytales and real life heroes.

GRAND HAVEN, Michigan (February 2nd, 2015)-Joyful Noise Christian Childcare’s C-Fund, which benefits young children and families in Ottawa County, is seeking new books to be donated for an upcoming and free “For the Love of Literacy” event in March. The book fair, which will offer books to undeserved children from infancy up through eight years of age, will also provide families with a free pizza dinner from Domino’s of Grand Haven and access to services such as consultation with speech therapists and early childhood professionals, among other activities. Individuals who are interested in supporting the event are encouraged to donate new, age-appropriate books to Joyful Noise, located in Grand Haven’s First Presbyterian Church at 508 Franklin St, where a drop-box for the event can be found. Donations are also accepted through the C-Fund’s website.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Loutit District Library for the event,” said Chantal McDaniel, public relations counsel for Joyful Noise and the C-fund. “They are providing the event location, but there is still a great need for book donations to be made. We want to be sure that we have plenty of books to give to all the children who come for the event, and we need the community’s help.”

Literacy and the development of reading skills begin at birth. For some families who struggle with financial burden, it can be difficult to gain access to quality reading materials for children. Parents who have difficulty with literacy themselves may find reading to their children a daunting task. The first step to developing a love for reading is access to books. The C-Fund’s book fair will not only provide children and families with reading material but also encourage a relationship with Loutit District Library, where a variety of great books are available for families to borrow for free. It is the first of a series of “For the Love of Literacy” events that the C-Fund has planned for the future. With the help of the Mary Anne Sherwood Families and Children Field of Interest Fund and the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation,  the Joyful Noise C-Fund plans to offer many more services to children and families in need, including free music classes and support for parents.

WHAT TO DONATE: New, appropriate books for children ages infant through 8 years.

WHERE TO DONATE: First Presbyterian Church (Joyful Noise Christian Childcare)
508 Franklin St., Grand Haven, MI 49417

QUESTIONS? Email or call (616) 847-6600


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Our Goals for 2015

2014 was a great year for the 
Joyful Noise C-Fund!

We offered free Gift of Music classes over the summer that traveled all over Ottawa County libraries for young children and also offered a free family Easter Egg Coloring and Dinner event in April of 2014! 

Thanks to a grant from the Mary Anne Sherwood Families and Children Field of Interest Fund, the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation and the generosity of individual donors in 2014, we were able to invest in the futures of children and families all around us in an educational and meaningful way.

So what's in store for 2015?

The Joyful Noise C-Fund hopes to achieve more of the same success in 2015 that we enjoyed in the previous year! We also have plans in the works for several new events and services to young children and families in our community with the following programs:

  • A continuation of free Gift of Music classes
  • A celebration of literacy event with book reading and free children's book giveaway
  • A nutrition and physical education event for young children that utilizes local experts.

Please follow along with the blog to receive updates and news on the Joyful Noise C-Fund! As always, your continued support and donations are very appreciated!