Nick Raines came to Columbia with his family at a young age. He grew up in the Columbia Public School system and was actively involved in community outreach and volunteering. Nick Graduated from Hickman High School in 2006 and later attended The University of Missouri receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human and Environmental Services.
Nick became acquainted with Almeta in the 6th grade while working with a service organization called Builder's Club, which is a youth subsidiary of Kiwanis International. Nick went on to volunteer with community organizations and ministries throughout his school career and beyond. This included serving as a dance minister, tutor, and advisory board member with For His Glory, Inc. and at the age of 17, Nick was licensed and confirmed as minister of the gospel at Second Missionary Baptist Church in Columbia, MO under the leadership of the Pastor, Rev. Dr. Clyde Ruffin.
After high school, he began working as a Direct Support Professional at Woodhaven Learning Center in Columbia, MO where he supported adults with developmental disabilities in their home as well as in the community. During his time at Woodhaven, Nick became a Home Coordinator and was later appointed the Community Connections Coordinator from 2011-2015, where he organized and executed community events and volunteer opportunities for all individuals supported by Woodhaven. This capacity, as well as their personal friendship as it had blossomed throughout the years, also lead him to begin his work with Almeta's programs, assisting her with publications as well as community outreach and networking.
Since her passing in October of 2013, Nick has dedicated his time and effort to help make sure that Almeta's legacy remains strong within her family and her community. He was elected Vice-President of the Board of Directors in 2015 and continues to work closely with the organization's leadership to promote community helping community in Columbia. In addition to his work with ACCP, Nick is an equal rights activist and an advocate for social justice, holding active memberships in multiple nationally recognized organizations including the Human Rights Campaign which fights for social equality and equal opportunity for LGBTQ individuals.