What is MeckTech?

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, funded by Mecklenburg County as a grantee of the Coronavirus Aid, Relieve and Economic Security (CARES) Act, made available 2,055 free computer devices to eligible households adversely affected by COVID-19 through its pilot MeckTech program between October 2020 and February 2021. While many organizations and institutions rapidly transitioned to digital and online platforms to help serve their customers during the pandemic closures, this rapid pivoting in services left a whole segment of the population behind. It is estimated that in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community, nearly 20% of all households—or 80,000 households—lack a computer in the home. 
After our initial grant-funded project ended, we were able to obtain and distribute 635 additional computers for distribution via donations and additional funding. 

We continue to seek ways to scale this program and continue serving our community’s technology needs through other funding opportunities and partnerships.