Service Projects and Alternate Breaks

Allegheny UU Church is pleased to be a host site for community service projects and alternative break groups visiting Pittsburgh Pennsylvania! We’ve assembled some resources for groups to plan your visit.

We are members of Break Away, a national nonprofit organization that promotes the development of quality alternative break programs through training, assisting, and connecting campuses and communities.

Interested in coming with your group? Contact us at <service at>.



University of Delaware Alternative Spring Break 2016



January 6-13 2018 – University of Delaware Alternative Break

March 3-10 2018 – Vanderbilt University Alternative Break

March 11-18 2018 – IUPUI Alternative Break

March 23-31 2018 – available



Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church
416 W North Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15212

Guests will stay in our Unitarian House building at 1110 Resaca Place, directly behind the church.



Will be provided ahead of your visit.



Basic accommodations for up to 24 people. You’ll be sleeping on the floor, so air mattresses and sleeping bags suggested. There are 2 bathrooms and basic kitchen facilities including a refrigerator and stove. You’ll have your own keys and can come and go 24/7 as needed. There will be other church and community programs during your stay, we’ll coordinate with you to minimize inconvenience.

We do not have onsite showers. However the Allegheny YMCA is a block away and can provide free shower facilities. Opens Mon-Fri at 6am, Sat at 8am. Contact director Bill Pricener <wpricener at>. Bring your own towels!

Our 100+ year old building is a little worn but we’ll make it as welcoming and hospitable as possible for your stay. Please leave our spaces in the same condition as you found them when you depart.



Our Sunday worship happens at 10:30am, and folks will stay afterwards for coffee and conversation. You’re invited to come and say hello!

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There is free street parking available, but there is also a neighborhood permit parking program in effect – check the map and street signs and observe their guidance on parking and street sweeping.



There will be free WiFi available during your visit.



There are a variety of community and issue-based organizations doing vital work close to the church and across the city. A few that have partnered with service groups are Gwen’s Girls, Northside Common Ministries, and the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank.



We are an urban church and are located centrally on the North Side (or Northside) of Pittsburgh. The immediate neighborhood is known as the Mexican War Streets, the city neighborhood is officially Allegheny City Central. Directly across the street from the church is the spacious and green West Park of Allegheny Commons.

Mexican War Streets Society | Allegheny City Central Association | City of Pittsburgh


Vanderbilt University Alternative Spring Break 2015



Allegheny City Market
1327 Arch St

Giant Eagle
320 Cedar Ave

Trader Joe’s
3 locations

9 locations

Whole Foods Market
3 locations



Monterey Pub
1227 Monterey St

The Park House
403 E Ohio St

Modern Cafe
862 Western Ave

Deli on North
4 E North Ave

El Burro Comedor
1108 Federal St

Max’s Allegheny Tavern
537 Suismon St

Bistro To Go
415 E Ohio St

Arnold’s Tea
502 E Ohio St

Peppi’s Subs
927 Western Ave

The Little Deli
860 Western Ave

Allegheny Sandwich Shoppe
822 Western Ave

900 Western Ave

Lindos Restaurant
947 Western Ave

Carmi Soul Food Restaurant
917 Western Ave

James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy
422 Foreland St

Clark Bar & Grill
503 Martindale St #100

Casellula at Alphabet City
40 W North Ave

Eco Bistro, City Fresh Pasta, Smallman Galley, and Food Trucks
Nova Place

Subway, Rita’s Italian Ice
East Ohio St

Subway, Taco Bell, Wendy’s, McDonalds
Allegheny Ave near Western Ave



Commonplace Coffee
1501 Buena Vista St

Crazy Mocha
2 E North Ave

808 Ridge Ave

La Prima Espresso
Nova Place



1501 Arch St

Mattress Factory
500 Sampsonia Way

Andy Warhol Museum
117 Sandusky St

City of Asylum / Alphabet City
40 W North Ave

Bicycle Heaven
1800 Columbus Ave

National Aviary
700 Arch St

And lots more!



Several Port Authority bus routes use W North Ave. Uber and Lyft operate in Pittsburgh. Healthy Ride offers bike rentals from 2 close locations: Federal St at W North Ave and Ridge Ave at Brighton Rd.



A short walk away is the Alphabet Reading Garden at 1406 Monterey St which offers free WiFi! West Park of Allegheny Commons is right in front of the church and has lots of space, trees, paths, and Lake Elizabeth. A slightly further walk towards downtown brings you to the North Shore Riverfront Park which runs along the Allegheny River. Or head all the way to downtown where there are numerous parklets and Point State Park.


More local info available on our Visit page.