2011 'Do Something Awards' host Jane Lynch: 'I write checks'

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A month before Jane Lynch hosts the Emmys, the actress takes to the stage hosting the "2011 Do Something Awards" on VH1 for the second time.

Younger people taking the incentive impress her, Lynch tells Zap2it.

"It's a mixed blessing of being young and naive and they do and they sacrifice themselves and it's great to give the winner a spotlight," she says.

The awards honor those under 25 who achieve change for the better, and one honoree receives $100,000 for his cause. 

"I write checks," Lynch says of her volunteer efforts. "I host a thing called The Rescue Train at the Pasadena Rose Bowl for seven or eight no kill shelters. We dress up dogs and cats in Halloween costumes."  

The show, which taped earlier this week at the Hollywood Palladium, features Demi Lovato singing "Skyscraper" live for the first time. Foster the People, OneRepublic and B.o.B. also perform.

Lady Gaga, Prince William and Kate Middleton and Will Ferrell are among the celebrities nominated for inspiring others toward altruism.

"What I love about these kids is they stayed very local," Lynch says. "Little things like what is right in front of them, [such as] a kid who turned his entire hometown green. They are not going for lofty ideals. They are rolling up their sleeves and getting their hands dirty. That is the way we have to go forward. Look what is going on in congress -- it is staying local and taking care of what is in front of you."
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