Helen Madrid-Worthen is a native Angelino, who has lived over 70 years in Los Angeles.
After a 31-year career with The Gas Company, raising two sons, and being a stepmother to four adults, in retirement she enjoys activities that help improve our City and our communities.
Helen served for eight years in the City’s Cultural Heritage Commission. Currently she is a Board Member of El Proyecto Del Barrio, one of the premier non-profit organizations
in the San Fernando Valley offering health care services, youth school-to-career programs, and a 4-star Work Source Center in Sun Valley.
In 2000, California Assembly Speaker, Robert M. Hertzberg selected Helen as the 40th District’s Woman of the Year. In 2006 Helen was selected by the National Women’s Political
Caucus — San Fernando Valley, for their inaugural issue of their Women’s History Calendar, “Eleven Remarkable Women & One Good Guy”. Helen was honored by Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women as the 2007 Pioneer Women for the Third District of Los Angeles nominated by Councilman Dennis Zine.
For over 20 years Helen has volunteered in the Grandparents And Books (GAB) program for the City of Los Angeles Library system. She is a bilingual reader at the Canoga Park Branch in the West SFV where she shares her love of books with immigrant children who need help with the English language.
Another joy in retirement has been time for inter-cultural and inter-faith activities. Helen is one of the founding members of the Hispanic-Jewish Women’s Alliance. She is an active member of the Catholic-Jewish Women’s Annual Conference’s Steering Committee for the last 18 years.
Helen is also very happy to be on the Drew Silvern Dollars For Scholars Board of Directors. She particularly enjoys mentoring students who generally are the first in their family to attend college.
In March 1998, Helen’s son, a career firefighter/paramedic with the City of Los Angeles Fire Department, was killed in the line-of-duty. As a result of this tragedy Helen became involved with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, whose Mission is to Honor Fallen Firefighters from throughout the US and give support to the families they leave behind. Locally Helen is a Grief Support Facilitator in the San Fernando Valley through her Parish.
Together with her husband, Ken Worthen, they are the proud grandparents of ten grandchildren.