The State Treasury is giving New Orleans area residents an opportunity to get help searching for more than $150 million in unclaimed property through an Unclaimed Property Awareness Day being held Saturday at Lakeside Shopping Center in Metairie.

Employees from the Treasury’s Unclaimed Property Division will be stationed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Center Court at the shopping center at 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Treasury employees will help citizens file Unclaimed Property claims.

Individuals will need to bring a valid photo ID and Social Security card to speed up the processing of their claims. Checks for all approved claims will be issued and mailed.

The average claim is $900 and usually includes old savings and checking accounts, payroll checks, CDs, stocks and dividends, insurance proceeds, oil and gas royalty payments, utility deposits and similar funds. Since 1972, the Unclaimed Property Program has returned more than $338 million to nearly 570,000 Louisiana citizens.

Unclaimed property can be searched online at www.latreasury.com. Treasury’s toll-free hotline — (888) 925-4127 — can be called from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.