Parents who give a damn are invisible heroes because learning on the fly and getting your hands dirty and not getting enough (or any) sleep and still making it to work are not newsworthy. Nor is the ability to institute discipline, or to help with homework when you'd rather watch a ballgame, or stand back and let your kid make mistakes.
Parents who are "there" personify hope. They help their children develop muscles of belief that flex when the going gets tough, lifting up their hearts and spirits with a reassurance that life is on their sides.
Parents -- and family -- are our first community; the blueprint for our larger communities. So even sans children of your own, you're still on the hook. You still share the responsibility to love and nurture the community where you live, work, play, sleep, eat, laugh, love, share, cry, learn, and dream, to be "there" for your community as if it were a part of your extended family.