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Alternative Break

Raised toward our $3,000 Goal
7 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on February 22, at 11:59 PM EST
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Alternative Break

Although their campaign has concluded, if you would still like to make a donation to support Alternative Break, you may always do so here.



What is the Alternative Break?

The Alternative Break program, a division of the Office of PittServes, provides students with the opportunity to serve communities during their Spring Break. By removing students from campus, we create an opportunity for students to see how they and others are affected by the social, economic and political forces.

Our goal is to get students involved in various service-based projects that address social and environmental issues locally, nationally, and globally. The service does not stop when students return to campus, because we are able to work with students and direct their passion towards organizations and community partners within the Pitt and Pittsburgh community.

Our Goal

Over the years, the Alternative Break has provided both local and domestic Spring Break trips. This year we expanded our programming to include more opportunities, which include Fall Break programming and an international trip to Quito, Ecuador. Our goal is to provide more opportunities for students.

To do this, we need to reduce the largest barrier to them: the cost. Your donation through EngagePitt will go directly to the students by providing scholarships and covering program costs like housing, food, and travel.

Connect with PittServes

There are plenty of opportunities for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the community. To find out more go to You can also join us on social media by going to @PittServes on Twitter and Instagram and liking our Facebook page by going to

To find out about volunteer opportunities within the Pitt community, sign up for an account through the PittServes Volunteer Portal by heading to

Choose a giving level


Brown Bag Hero

The brown bag (or our preferred environmentally-friendly reusable lunch bag) is a staple of school students, nine-to-fivers, and volunteers. Help provide packed lunches to our Alt Breakers this Spring Break.


Pittsburgh Patron

Pittsburgh: our namesake, our pride, our city. Help send Alt Breakers to the neighborhoods we love the most this Spring Break.


Give S'more

Just like s'mores, you cant just have one. With your donation you will send TWO Alt Breakers to Camp Kon-O-Kwee this Spring Break.


Dig Deep

Hiking, digging, and blisters are just some of the things our Alt Breakers have to look forward to while they move dirt around on the Cumberland Trail. Put an Alt Breaker to work this Spring Break.


Capital Capital

Send a student to Washington, D.C. to help learn about the social and political issues surrounding hunger and homelessness in our nation's capital.


Wheels on the Bus

Transportation is one of the largest costs associated with an Alt Break. Your donation would help fund the transportation for Spring Break trips.


Stamp Their Passports

They have the passports, the clearances, and the passion for service. Your donation will send an Alt Breaker to Quito, Ecuador this Spring Break.

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