Andrews has been so busy with her network that she’s not hosting anyone herself. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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It started with a rare tweet by a woman who had – "maybe" – 28 followers on Twitter.Now Andrews, who said she's never been an activist, finds herself running an ad hoc volunteer network that includes more than 1,500 families willing to host demonstrators and provide logistical support for Saturday's rally.A group called D.C. Local Ambassadors, formed after the women's march to provide support for liberal protests, offered to help create a website to field both host families and demonstrators in need of lodging.Up to 1,000 young protesters have been matched with host families, although it's unclear how many will come since many of them were still frantically fundraising for the trip.Exactly how many protesters will actually gather Saturday has become a local guessing game.Organizers predicted up to 500,000 demonstrators in their National Park Service permit, which would approximately match the women's march and place it among the largest protests in Washington since the Vietnam era.
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