The association of public organizations of St.Petersburg and Leningrad region Great Bear was founded by the Board of directors of security association Zaschita and began its activity on the 14th of March, 2000.

The main activity of the Association is supporting veterans of World War II, veterans of labour and military veterans; as well as supporting members of families of servicemen died on duty; pupils of orphanage and orphans of military schools; young sportsmen; retarded and handicapped children; children from low-income families.

The Leaders of the association of "Great Bear" represent the social Council that consists of the Administrators of St.Petersburg and Leningrad region, Officers of Military Services, Businessmen, creative intellectuals, mass-media and social organizators. The members of Great Bear arrange charity projects and organize its implementation for its paternalized persons and institutions (orphans houses, military schools, veteran council, poor families, etc.).

Every year more than 250 charity activities for more than 10 000 people are planned and held by charity organizations of the Association.

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