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There are plenty of ways to help those in need. You can donate money, clothing, or household items, you can volunteer your time at a local shelter, and you can participate in events that assist charities. But one very simple way to give back is with one or more of these Safari extensions.

If you’re already using Safari to search for information or make online purchases, then it’s a no brainer. You’re not giving up time, money, or anything else to help those who need it. If you’re interested, here are some terrific Safari extensions that help you give back.

New Charitybuzz auction offers lunch date at Apple Park with Eddy Cue

Not to be outdone by his boss Tim Cook’s fifth auction with Charitybuzz, Eddy Cue just put himself up for auction.

Bids in support of the National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri can be placed until June 28 at 12:00pm Pacific Time. The winning bidder will have a private lunch with Cue at Apple Park, the iPhone maker's massive new headquarters in Cupertino, California.

The expected cost of the meal is $50,000. At post time, sixteen bids were entered with the most recent bid at a cool $120,000.

“Here’s your chance to have lunch with Eddy Cue at the stunning new 175-acre Apple headquarters in Cupertino, CA, where you will learn more about Apple's industry-leading content stores and online services,” reads the website.

Although the lunch does not include a tour of Apple Park and photography is not permitted, the winning bidder will have “a rare opportunity to see Apple Park and engage in a one-on-one, in-depth conversation with one of the most innovative business minds of our generation.”

The lunch is valid for two people. Cost of the meal is included, but travel and accommodations are not. The experience cannot be resold or re-auctioned. Tim Cook's recent Apple Park lunch and meeting auction raised an incredible $680,000.

Apple Park is located in Cupertino, California, 43 miles outside San Francisco and 10 miles from San Jose.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOkAaOTXmTI

As Senior Vice President of Apple's Internet Software and Services, Cue oversees Apple Music, iTunes Store and Apple’s other content stores, as well as Apple Pay, Siri, Maps, iAd, iCloud services and the company’s productivity and creativity apps.

Cue, 52, earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Economics from Duke university. He joined Apple in 1989, where he played a key role in developing the company’s award-winning iLife suite of applications.

Tim Cook is auctioning charity lunch meeting at Apple Park

Would you like to have a lunch with Apple CEO Tim Cook at the company’s impressive Apple Park headquarters in Cupertino, California? If so, bid on the Charitybuzz website before May 16 at 3pm EDT for your chance to score an one-hour lunch with the CEO of the world’s most powerful publicly traded corporation.

At the time of this writing, nine bids have been entered for a total of $84,888 with the auction listing an estimated value of $100,000. Proceeds from the charity auction will be donated to the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.

The lunch is valid for 2 people.

Cost of the meal is included in your bid and the experience cannot be resold or re-auctioned.

Travel and accommodations are not included.

“We expect all winning bidders and their guests to conduct themselves appropriately when attending an experience won at Charitybuzz,” the charity marketing firm said. “Polite manners and respect for the generous donor and adherence to any rules or parameters are a must.”

From the Charitybuzz listing:

As CEO and a member of the board of directors, Tim is overseeing a company-wide effort to use 100 percent renewable energy at all Apple facilities and has helped improve conditions for workers who make the company’s products.

He is also continuing Apple’s efforts to advance the company’s inclusion and diversity and to invest in schools where technology can have a tremendous impact, as part of the ConnectED initiative.

Under Tim’s leadership, Apple initiated a program to match employee donations, has given millions of dollars to the American Red Cross and is the largest corporate donor to (RED) to fight AIDS in Africa.

Cook is a busy man: the website notes that it may take up to one year to schedule the lunch based on availability. The winning bidder and their guest(s) will be subject to security screening (this is Apple we’re talking about after all).

This is how much Cook’s previous Charitybuzz campaigns have raised:

$515,000 in 2016 $200,000 in 2015 $330,001 in 2014 $610,000 in 2013

Apple’s boss was recently honored with the Newseum’s Free Speech award for creating technology that has changed the way people communicate and for using his position to take a public stand on issues like racial equality, privacy, the environment and LGBT rights.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFhcnzSmH-E

While this is the fifth year in a row that Cook has partnered with Charitybuzz, it’s the first year that the winning bidder gets to visit Apple Park.

The most recent 4K drone footage of Apple Park shows continuing construction progress as finishing touches are being put on the new campus sprawling across 175 acres of parkland with 9,000 freshly planted mature trees.

The main ring-shaped build is clad entirely by the world’s largest panels of curved glass and files as the world’s largest office building. And with 17 megawatts of rooftop solar, Apple Park will run one of the largest on-site solar energy installations in the world.

Apple’s (PRODUCT)RED contributions have topped $130 million

Tucked away as a side-note in today's press release with which Apple unveiled (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition iPhone 7 is an interesting update: the Cupertino firm's raised more than $130 million for the RED organization thus far. Apple is the world’s largest corporate donor to (RED).

For those not in the know, (RED), spearheaded by U2 frontman Bono, aims to fight preventable and treatable diseases like AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. (RED) also funds programs that help prevent the transmission of HIV from mothers to their unborn babies.